After sweeping both ends of their twin bill against Miami on Wednesday, the Arizona Diamondbacks find themselves a healthy 5.5 games out of first place in the NL West, thanks in no small part to the division leading Giants, who completed a sweep of their own, winning three-of-three against the second place Dodgers.
Yet with just 37 games remaining in the regular season and Arizona's divisional elimination number sitting at 33, the D-Backs hold a slim 16.3 percent chance of winning the NL West and advancing to the 2012 postseason.
As for the possibility of capturing that second Wild Card, that glory likely will go to the packed NL Central in its last season of carrying a sixth team: Arizona's chances of earning a wild card berth are presently just 6.8 percent.
So what of the unthinkable, that a 2011 Cinderella story will miss the ball entirely when the ball strikes 2012?
If such an event were to transpire, Diamondbacks management would have to brainstorm this offseason on how to return to October baseball, where the front office team would be wise to come up with these 10 ideas to allow Arizona to catch up to the Dodgers and Giants.