Daunting task awaits Diamondbacks
Originally Published: October 13, 2007By Amy K. Nelson | ESPN.com
PHOENIX -- For nearly all summer and early autumn, the Diamondbacks maintained an improbable run in which they won their division and defied nearly all statistical odds.
"You know what? We've come back from difficult circumstances this year," manager Bob Melvin said. "It's two games. The team has to win four before it's over. We'll go into Colorado and focus on winning one." Which is exactly what Clark said would need to happen for the D-backs to have a chance of salvaging the series. "We've got to win one, not two, three or four," said Clark, who clearly was suffering from a nasty head cold. "It's when you throw in the towel when those breaks don't happen." It might seem impossible, but second baseman Orlando Hudson said his team was in a similar situation earlier this season, albeit in the regular season, when it lost eight of nine games heading into the All-Star break. "We've been down before," said Hudson, who is out for the season after undergoing ligament surgery in his left thumb and has become a de facto cheerleader. "There was a time this season when we couldn't string together the big hit, we couldn't string together the big run and nothing was going right for us offensively. "We bounced back, and now we're in the second round of the playoffs." They might not be for long, though, unless some Rockies magic can rub off on them. Amy K. Nelson is a staff writer for ESPN.com.
Mark J. Rebilas/US PresswireDiamondbacks manager Bob Melvin, left, is searching for the right formula to get his team on track in the NLCS.
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