NL West: Sizing Up the Offense, Starting Pitching and Bullpen for Each Team
By Jake Mastroianni
Everyone in the NL West has played at least 42 game to this point, so it’s a good time to size up the competition for the San Francisco Giants.
After the games on May 18, the Colorado Rockies hold a two game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers in the division. Just like everyone drew it up.
The San Francisco Giants currently sit in fourth place and are nine games back of the Rockies. Meanwhile, the San Diego Padres are dwelling in the basement 11.5 games back.
If the season ended today, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks would face each other in the Wild Card game. So it’s safe to say that the NL West is probably the best division in the National League to this point.
It’s still way too early to be looking at standings. A lot will change between now and September. For the sake of the San Francisco Giants, they certainly hope that’s the case.
Justin Turner for the Dodgers leads the National League in hitting with a .379 average. Buster Posey is right behind him at .378.
Mark Reynolds for the Rockies is in the top 10 in average, home runs and RBI in the National League.
The NL West is certainly a powerful division. The Rise of the Rockies and Diamondbacks will just make it that more entertaining this summer.
Some question whether the Rockies and Diamondbacks are for real, but I believe they are.
Even though we are just one-fourth of the way through the season, we’ll look at the hitting, starting pitching and bullpen numbers for each NL West team.