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Winning NL West now all but over for D-Backs

It's only April, but a slow start and the red-hot Giants mean the D-Backs have little shot in the NL West.

Originally Published: April 16, 2003
By Rob Neyer | ESPN.com

Let me get the tough part out of the way ... Less than three weeks ago, I predicted that the Arizona Diamondbacks would win the National League West title in 2003.

Immediately after that prediction was made public, I received a few messages from fans of the San Francisco Giants, the gist of which were, "You're an idiot! Giants rule, dude!" (Or at least that's how I care to remember them. It's a lot easier to deal with critics if you assume they're all blowhards without an ounce of objectivity ...

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