PHOENIX -- Though the D-backs have not played as well as expected through the first three months of the season, management nonetheless expects the team to be playing in October.
"I think they should," GM Kevin Towers said of making the playoffs. "I think if we don't, I'd say we underachieved as a club."
Arizona won 94 games and the National League West in 2011, and there were high expectations coming into 2012. Heading into Friday's series opener against the Cubs, the D-backs were one game under .500 in third place, 7 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers.
"I think this club is better than last year's club, and I think the league is down from last year," Towers said. "We've got more depth in a lot of different areas. When we're clicking on all cylinders I think we can compete with anybody in the National League. For me, I can't quite figure it out. It's like, 'Here we go,' and then, 'Boom,' our wheels will spin for a game or two. Hopefully, we find that traction and go off on a nice little drive."
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said he agreed with his GM's assessment when it comes to the playoffs.
"We expect to," Gibson said of making the postseason. "That's what we push towards. I know some don't believe us. That's fine. It's just a matter of what our resolve is. There's going to frustrating things that happen, and we have a lot of games to go -- a ton to go. We're not even halfway through, and you just have to remain on task, on target. You have to power through the doubt, first of all, about yourself and your team. It's all around us. Trust me I know it is."