"You can always improve on everything," Buster Posey said. "I don't think we're that far off. It's just a matter of getting back in that groove."
Both Posey and manager Bruce Bochy emphasized focus before the series opener. Although the D-backs have had poor results this season, that doesn't mean they can be taken lightly.
"Every game, we think, is the most important game," Bochy said. "There's so much baseball left. You can't ever drop your guard. Any team, any game, that game has to be your focus."
Posey, who played first base for the 13th time this season Friday, has been playing well despite his team's slump. He entered Friday hitting .297 (11-for-37) with a home run in his last 10 games.
"You really just go one game at a time," Posey said. "I don't think you can really pay attention too much to what's happened in the past, good or bad, and just try to focus on the game that you got each day."
Adam Lichtenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.