The D Backs season is defined by two super hot streaks.
After starting the season 15-22, they reeled off a 15-2 streak to vault into the NL West race.
They then played up and down ball for 2 1/2 months, a little more up than down, as they went 39-34 from June 1-August 22nd.
On August 23rd they started a 18-3 streak, that ended on September 13th.
They have now lost 3 straight since September 14th.
Their record in the two hot streaks is 33-5. Their record outside those two streaks is 54-59
Don't get me wrong, you have to be a pretty decent team to have two such hot streaks. But with 10 games left, and the team in a serious hitting slump, they need to pull out of it NOW, and win at least 5 of their remaining 10, and force the Giants to win out, which is unlikely of course.
Fortuntely for us, Pittsburgh has been playing some pretty bad baseball since the end of July, and has struggled on the road too, (14-34 since July 29, 6-15 on the road since that date).
If the team salvages a game tomorrow in the SD series, and wins 2 of 3 from Pittsburgh as they should, it pretty much forces the Giants to come into Chase Field and sweep to have a chance to catch us. But if we lose tomorrow, and lose 2 of 3 to Pittsburgh, then it will be pretty much the unraveling of the season happening before your eyes and the D Backs holding on for dear life against the Giants next weekend with their hands wrapped firmly around their throats.