Arizona Diamondbacks 24-16
Colorado Rockies 22-19
San Fransisco Giants 20-21
Los Angeles Dodgers 16-24
San Diego Padres 16-26
As at the end of May 13, 2018, this is the Standings in the NL West. If I showed you this in the MLB offseason, you probably would laugh at me. I, myself had the Dodgers penciled in for an appearance in the 2018 NLCS. The only other NL West team I had in the playoffs are the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rockies are a good team but I think they will get left out of the playoffs because of a strong NL central (you can now add a strong NL East). The Giants did not do enough and that even year magic is over. The Padres are the Padres. they will trade someone that is good on their team for more prospects to trade in the future.
The question now as of May 14, 2018, is what happened in the NL West. For my offseason favorites the Dodgers, the injury bug has hit them hard. They have had people come on and off the injury list, including Puig and Kershaw. The biggest injuries to happen to them are the Josh Turner and Corey Seagar injuries. The Josh Turner injury happened in spring training and they lost a great offensive juggernaut for their team. He is rumored to be back May 15 (according to the Dodgers Offical Website). The Corey Seagar injury is a big one because he is done for the year. He went on to have Tommy John surgery after tearing his UCL. When healthy Seagar is arguably the best player the Dodgers have. If we are gonna be going on last year the Dodgers also have to worry about Kershaw continuing nagging injuries. He is already on the 10 day DL for left biceps tendonitis. The Dodgers website has listed return as TBD. Another one of their important pitchers, Ryu, is on the DL with a torn groin muscle and is due back after the All-Star Break.
The Dodgers just got swept by the Reds and are 8.0 games behind in the NL West and 7.0 Games behind in the NL Wildcard. If they continue to show no signs of improvement, the Dodgers should play for tomorrow, and what I mean by tomorrow is next season. As of right now, I cant see the Dodgers being buyers or sellers.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have the second-best record in the NL and have been on fire the whole year. The Diamondbacks lineup is not shining with tons of .300 batting average hitters. Their best hitter is AJ Pollock and he is batting .301. the best player on the team, Paul Goldschmidt, is batting with a .210 batting average with only 4 homeruns. The team batting average is last in the MLB. RBI’s and Homeruns they are 17th and 19th place. How can a team be so good with such hitting woes? The pitching is great. They are #2 in the MLB in team ERA only behind the Astros. In most of the other important pitching categories, the Diamondbacks are in the top 5.
The Colorado Rockies are going to be a team on the playoff bubble in my opinion. Right now they are 2.5 games behind the Diamondbacks in the West and 1.5 games back in the NL wildcard. They are 1 of 6 teams within 1.5 games in the NL wildcard position. The Rockies only have 1 player hitting over the .300 batting average mark that is playing consistently and that player is Nolan Arrenado. Nolan Arrenado is batting .313, 8 homeruns, and 23 RBI’s. Their pitching staff is also showing pretty pedestrian numbers and that maybe the reason they will not make it to the playoffs in the loaded NL.
The Giants and the Padres are doing what they were expected to do and that is to be no effect on the rest of the league. They both tried this offseason with a couple of moves that seem to have no effect on their outcome for the season. The Giants have tried to comeback with adding Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria to their roster. Their offensive production as a team is still in the bottom 10 in the league. Their pitching is also nothing to write home about either with being in the bottom half in almost all the pitching categories. The Padres made their biggest splash in free agency in a long time with the signing of Eric Hosmer. He really has not lived up to the signing so far. He is batting .262, 5 homeruns, and 13 RBI’s. The sad thing is the Padres will be used for the 1 or 2 great players they have to trade to other teams at the deadline.
Just remember this NL West is not a computer simulation.
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