Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/7/12
The Diamondbacks won the 2011 National League West in large part because of timely hitting, a strong bullpen and a major league-best 48 comeback victories, all driven by career years from a half-dozen major contributors. The D-backs are struggling to get over .500 this season because many of those years have not been repeated, although injuries to key components cannot be discounted. Justin Upton, who finished fourth in the NL MVP race, is a prime example. Upton set career highs in virtually every offensive category last season when he batted .289 with 39 doubles, 31 home runs, 88 RBI and 21 stolen bases. His bat virtually carried the D-backs in the middle two months of 2011, when they overcame a slow start to get into contention. It has been different this season. Slowed by a bone bruise in his left thumb sustained the first week of the season, Upton is hitting .243 with five home runs and 20 RBI, and he recently was the subject of criticism from D-backs' managing partn...
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