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Who comes out of the packed NL West?

June 11, 2018 - 3:27 pm
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By Bo Templin

 

(SAN DIEGO) - As of today, the Arizona Diamondbacks lead the National League West with a half game lead over the Colorado Rockies. 

 

Prior to the start of the MLB season, the division was considered to be elite among baseball fans. Vegas sports books agreed, having two teams with at least even odds to make the playoffs. 

 

The Los Angeles Dodgers were returning from their first World Series trip in three decades. The team kept together its core group of players and another trip to the playoffs was expected. However, an early injury to Justin Turner led to a rough start for the Dodgers. Since his return to the lineup, the team has taken a more recognizable shape. Unfortunately for Dodger fans, Clayton Kershaw has missed significant time due to injuries to his bicep and back. 

 

The San Francisco Giants acquired former MVP Andrew McCutchen, which was one of the biggest moves of the offseason. The team finds itself tied with the Dodgers at 31-31. 

 

Although the Padres have missed the presence of Wil Myers and Austin Hedges, the team is hanging tough. Being only four and a half games back of the division lead, the team is without a doubt in striking distance. The upcoming 10 game road trip may determine whether or not the team will be buyers or sellers come the trade deadline. 23 of the next 28 games for them are on the road. 

 

The next three weeks will be massive in regards to the division as a whole. In all likelihood, the Padres and Giants will be sellers. The Dodgers are the one enigma to this division. Due to the injury concerns they are most likely out of it. However, with their payroll and roster, they are not going to fold at any point. They have the potential to creep up on the rest of the division come July and August.