The Arizona Diamondbacks are seven games up on the defending champion San Francisco Giants. The Giants believe they have an epic comeback in them, but with a lackluster offense and no depth beyond their big pitching aces, the D'Backs trump them in every facet of the game.
Manager Kirk Gibson has the young Snakes playing very good ball and they could very well cause some trouble in October for Philadelphia or Milwaukee. Considering they are probably going to be going up against the powerful Phillies, the D'Backs actually match up very well in pitching depth and offensive balance.
From right fielder Justin Upton carrying the bulk of the load offensively, to J.J. Putz's dominance closing out games and both Daniel Hudson and Ian Kennedy sitting down hitters at impressive rates, Arizona is looking like a dark horse for the postseason.
Here are four reasons why they have already locked up the NL Western Division crown.