Arizona Diamondbacks: 5 Players Who Will Lead D-Backs to NL West Title

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Arizona Diamondbacks: 5 Players Who Will Lead D-Backs to NL West Title
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If the Arizona Diamondbacks still have postseason aspirations, they'll need specific key players to step up and lead the charge in the NL West.

The D-Backs began the 2012 campaign with a blistering start. The team stormed out of the gates by winning their first four contests, and finished their first 10 games with a 7-3 record.

Injuries, however, derailed the Diamondbacks' winning ways.

Chris Young—the Diamondbacks' hottest hitter by far at the time, sporting a .410 batting average with five homers and 13 RBI—suffered a shoulder contusion and had to make a trip to the disabled list.

The leader of the D-Backs offense, Justin Upton, has struggled so far this season and a lot of his offensive woes have to do with a thumb injury he's been nursing.

Although the Diamondbacks sit under .500 baseball at 15-19, that's still good enough for third place in the division.

If Arizona has hopes of catching Matt Kemp's Dodgers or the veteran San Francisco Giants, the following players will have to step up.

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