Future bright for D-backs despite bitter finish

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The sting of their Game 5 heartbreak at Milwaukee will linger a bit.

Eventually, the Arizona Diamondbacks will be able to feel good about their stunning worst-to-first run in the NL West and what it means for the franchise's future.

This team that was supposed to be so lousy can expect to be labeled a contender come spring.

Take the 1-2 pitching punch of 21-game winner Ian Kennedy and 16-game winner Daniel Hudson, add young Josh Collmenter, who had an outstanding playoff start, and perhaps 22-year-old Jarrod Parker up from the minors, and the rotation is strong.

The position-player core of right fielder Justin Upton, center fielder Chris Young, catcher Miguel Montero and shortstop Stephen Drew will be back.

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