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The Arizona Diamondbacks currently sit five games back of the San Francisco Giants in the National League West and are five games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates for the final wild card spot. When you look back to last year’s September collapse of both the Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox that took both teams out of playoff contention, you can’t quite write the snakes off just yet. The team did trade Stephen Drew to the Athletics Monday, but let’s be honest here, that move really will have no impact on the success of the team going forward.

What the D’Backs have done thus far in 2012 is stay in contention. What they have also done is showcase one of their best pitching talents in right-hander Trevor Bauer. Bauer struggled in the majors though, compiling a 6.06 ERA and 5.18 FIP, walking 13 batters in the 16 1/3 innings. He was sent back to Triple-A after only four starts. Now with a day-night doubleheader scheduled for Wednesday, the team will need to make a call to the minors for a pitcher to start the second game, enter the name, Tyler Skaggs.

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For the vast majority of baseball fans, deadline deals in which contending teams push for the playoffs are mysterious in nature. Far more fans only see the big name coming to save the day as a good thing, rather than lament the loss of obscure minor leaguers whose name they’ve only just learned. The trend is changing as the internet opens up the vast minor league universe to hardcore fans but, for the majority of baseball fans, the names of prospects have very little in the way of context attached.

This week represents a turning point for two fanbases, as “the guy we got for Haren” and “the guy we got for Anibal” will make their respective débuts this week. Jacob Turner — key piece going from the Tigers to the Marlins in the Anibal Sanchez/Omar Infante deal — and Tyler Skaggs — the main prospect haul from the Dan Haren-to-the-Angels trade of 2010 — are probable starters on Wednesday at Chase Field. As fate would have it, they will take the mound in either end of tomorrow’s unusual voluntary doubleheader in Arizona.

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