Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 8/26/14
PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks have wanted to put speed at the top of their order since they saw the impact Adam Eaton made in the final month of 2012. In the last week, they have doubled up to catch up.Deciding the best way to make a run at the playoffs is with more speed in the lineup, the D-backs have started left-handed hitters Tony Campana and Eaton in the top two spots in the lineup in four of the last five games, and in all four against right-handed starters.It has worked. Eaton drove in Campana with the go-ahead run in a 12-7, 18-inning victory in Philadelphia on Saturday, and the D-backs won three of the four games in which the two hit back to back.Eaton and Campana have combined for 16 hits and 12 runs in the last five games, and they have created not only more but better opportunities for production bats Paul Goldschmidt, Martin Prado and Aaron Hill.The threat of the stolen base can cause pitchers to throw (and catchers to call) more fastballs. Many pitchers are comfortable ...
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