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San Francisco Giants: Keeping up with the NL West

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 14: An American flag is presented during pre-game ceremonies for Game One of the National League Championship Series between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park on October 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 14: An American flag is presented during pre-game ceremonies for Game One of the National League Championship Series between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park on October 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – OCTOBER 14: An American flag is presented during pre-game ceremonies for Game One of the National League Championship Series between the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals at AT&T Park on October 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

While a lot of the San Francisco Giants fanbase has been paying attention to what their own team is doing, there are still four others that matter pretty heavily to the San Francisco Giants. Let’s see what the rest of the West is up to.

The San Francisco Giants are probably the most “will they, won’t they” team in their division. The Rockies are solid, but questions remain whether or not their pitching can match what it was last year. Still, they’re expected to be a contender, and at least above .500. The Dodgers are expected to compete, no doubt. But then after that it’s three question marks.

However, the question marks next to the Diamondbacks and Padres isn’t necessarily to question their status as contender or pretender, but rather to question whether or not they take a step forward in 2019. The Diamondbacks were solid to start they year, but collapsed significantly around the end of the season. Now they’ve sold off to rebuild and the question mark is what type of step they take.

The Padres also have all this potential, but potential is still a question mark until it becomes a proven commodity. So will all their top 100 prospects turn into proven commodities? Probably not in 2019. So again, the question begs, how far forward of a step do they take?

Then there is the Giants. Old, not as expensive anymore, and with a very new direction. Still, the same championship core is intact. While they’ve been awful the past two years, there is still the championship pedigree. Do they rally themselves together again? Who knows. But the largest range for volatility still lies with the Giants. So now, we have to really analyze where the rest of the West is.

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