NL West Race: Arizona Diamondbacks Showing They Aren't Going Away

Chris GreenCorrespondent IIIAugust 4, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 2: Daniel Hudson #41 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the second inning  during a MLB baseball game at AT&T Park August 2, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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It was series that had all the trimmings.  The defending World Series champions versus a team who had been nipping at their heels all season that no one thought would be there.  One of the best one-two pitching punches in baseball going head-to-head against what may be the most underrated one-two pitching tandems in Ian Kennedy and Daniel Hudson.

It was a team that is trying to build for the future who acquired two needed, yet inexpensive players at the deadline against a team that is trying to win it all who traded their top prospect for a player they hope will be their offensive savior.

While the Giants-Diamondbacks rivalry doesn’t match those with the Dodgers, there is no love lost between these two teams.

The Giants expect to win despite their lack of offensive production. Their paltry run differential should serve as a testament to how good their pitching staff is.

Yet the Diamondbacks came to San Francisco, took the Giants' best shot facing Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum and walked away victorious, taking two of three.  

Thankfully no one told them they were not supposed to win or were not supposed to be battling for the division in August.

The Diamondbacks still have 51 games left to play, but this team should have everyone excited for the future.  Justin Upton appears to be maturing into the player everyone though he could be, both offensively and defensively, and he seems ready to become the face of the franchise.

What Kirk Gibson has done can not be overstated—proof that a capable manager is far more valuable than organizational advocacy.