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Arizona Diamondbacks: 10 Reasons the 2012 NL Pennant Race Is Wide Open
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Could 2012 be the year Arizona claims its second World Series crown?

When the Arizona Diamondbacks completed their unlikely run to the 2011 MLB postseason, the National League pennant had already been decided by many analysts.

For some, that meant a World Series appearance for the NL East's Philadelphia Phillies, a team looking to repeat their 2008 baseball championship success.

Meanwhile, many used 2010 as their jump off point, predicting the 2010 World Series champion San Francisco Giants would have no problem defending their NL crown en route to the 2011 Fall Classic.

That, of course, was before Giants prospect Buster Posey suffered a May, 2011 season-ending broken leg injury and before Diamondbacks ace Ian Kennedy's breakout, 21-win performance.

So as 2011 gives way to 2012, here are 10 reasons why the 2012 NL Pennant race is wide open.

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