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"Can the Diamondbacks finish this run with a playoff berth? As mentioned yesterday, they have just two series left with contenders, and neither may end up that helpful. The Mets are now behind the Diamondbacks in the standings, and the Cardinals could end up winning the NL Central. Outside of those games, the Snakes are set up nicely: seven games with the slowly-shutting-it-down Padres, six with the Reds, three hosting the Marlins. If you figure 87 wins gets you an extra game, the Diamondbacks need to close 15-8. Given the soft slate, that doesn’t seem unreasonable."