D-backs manager Gibson acknowledges tough schedule ahead

The Arizona Diamondbacks start a grueling stretch on Wednesday night when they play the Rangers in Texas before heading to Chicago and St. Louis. Sixteen of their next 19 games are away from Chase Field, and both Texas and St. Louis currently lead their respective divisions.

"Always a challenge but we've been pretty good on the road. We've played a fair amount of games there and we've been pretty good," said D-backs manager Kirk Gibson. "These guys get along well, again they prepare well and we've got a good routine."

Gibson is right, too. They're 14-10 on the road in 2013 and have won six of their last nine away from the Valley. The club has also spent a fair share of off-days in the visiting city, trying to acclimate to the time change and environment as soon as possible.

"I think our organization as a whole works very hard to try and make it so we can be as efficient with our time and our energy and our resources as we can with wherever we're at and whatever situation we're in," said the skipper Monday.

The D-backs currently sit in first place in the National League West with a two-game lead over the Giants and the Rockies. They've overcome injuries and their depth has helped them maintain an edge and a spot at the top of the division. That same depth could be tested over the next couple weeks. Read More.