A few years ago, players such as Chris Young, Justin Upton and Miguel Montero were just learning the ins and outs of being major-leaguers. Today, they are three of the leaders on a Diamondbacks team that has been the surprise of the season.

"They were very, very young; they didn't know what they were going into," manager Kirk Gibson said. "It's one of the things that helps us because they did go through it. Now they remember it, and they're leading through example just by the way they approach things.

That trio, along with other veterans, will play an important role in the stretch run. One of their jobs will be to ensure the team keeps things in perspective.

"We've got to remain composed, no matter what happens, stick together," Gibson said. "We know who we are, how we play."

Another key to the Diamondbacks' surge is not letting a dip in one part of the game have an adverse effect in other areas.