Manager Kirk Gibson pooh-poohed the idea that the Diamondbacks are "peaking too early," a theory that has been making the rounds on talk radio.
"I don't even respond to that. You don't get involved in that. We try to play hard every day. What would they have been saying nine days ago?" said Gibson, whose team had lost six games in a row and led the San Francisco by only one game in the NL West before beating Washington on Aug. 23.
The D-backs now lead the division by five games, although the Giants gained a game Friday by winning the first game of a three-game series between the two, 6-2, at AT&T Park. The teams play five more times this season, with right-handers Ian Kennedy and Tim Lincecum scheduled to meet Saturday.
"There are times where things go better for you, times when it doesn't all mesh and it's more of a struggle. We're just going to push toward that first finish line and we'll see where we are at there. Be confident we are going to another finish line. And beyond that, another one," Gibson said.
"I absolutely don't worry about that kind of stuff. People say all this stuff and talk about MVPs. I understand it. It's all great. For me, there's no purpose at all in that for what we do. I hear people talking about MVP and think we have a month left. When I got the MVP, I didn't think about it one time."
Gibson won the NL MVP award in 1988, his first season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, capped by his walk-off home run to win Game 1 of the World Series.
"You just try to stay on task and stay consistent with the way you approach each game," Gibson said.
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