With the Diamondbacks facing the very reliable ace of the Braves they got another great game from the offense. They put up ten hits on Derek Lowe like it was no big deal. The team is looking very consistent from an offensive standpoint, and with the exception of Augie Ojeda, all the players have hit better the last few weeks.
In all of baseball Justin Upton ranks 9<sup>th</sup> in batting average, 5<sup>th</sup> in slugging percentage, and 5<sup>th</sup> in OPS. Mark Reynolds is 10<sup>th</sup> in home runs with a very respectable .904 OPS and Felipe Lopez is tied for 11<sup>th</sup> in doubles. The team is now sixth in stolen bases. They are getting hits in bunches and when they get on the base path they are on the move. It should be no surprise with this combination they are winning games.
Since May 15<sup>th</sup>, the start of the last road trip, the team has failed to get at least five runs in only four games. They are 8-5 in that time frame, with a most of the games being on the road. If it were not for the failures of an inept front end of the bullpen the team could add at least two more wins to that record.
It appears as if this team is finally learning how to win. They are putting the pressure on the pitchers by getting on base and being on the move. The starting pitchers have done their part, and although some of the recent call ups for the fifth spot in the rotation have not faired quite as well they have not lost any games for the team. The fourth man in the rotation, Max Scherzer, has been great, only Dan Haren has a better ERA among the starters.
Granted, it has only been two weeks, but it is more consistency in the offense than we have seen in the past year. They are in a big hole as far as the division goes, but there is still 70% of the season left to be played. If they can get some help in the bullpen and Brandon Webb is able to return by the All Star break the team might have a chance. Probably not, but they might.
Just when people were starting to count the days to Cardinals training camp here come the DBacks.