Around the West: Dodgers Continue to Watch from Afar

I write this as the Dodgers just lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks, 11-4, however, before this loss the Dodgers won six straight games, taking the first two games from the Diamondbacks in this three-game series, which followed a tough sweep against the St Louis Cardinals last weekend, with the third game being watched by a national audience as part of ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. This Dodgers team is doing it all without their superstar player Matt Kemp.

If you didn’t know Justin Sellers, Elian Herrera, and Scott Van Slyke before last week, I’m sure you do now. I get to write this once again folks; the Los Angeles Dodgers have the best record in all of baseball at 30-14.

San Francisco Giants – 23-21 The Giants are back over the .500 mark on the season, but still sit 7.0 games back behind the Dodgers in NL West division. They just won two out of three against the Milwaukee Brewers on the road. This past weekend they also took two out of three from their interleague rival, the Oakland Athletics. The Giants will begin a four game series starting today on the road against a Miami Marlins team that is 24-20.

Reason to be worried (as a Dodger Fan): This team looks like they could be taking a turn for the better, winning their last couple of series. Also, their pitching is ranked fifth in the Major Leagues in team ERA (3.36).

Reason to be optimistic (as a Dodger Fan): I’ve been saying it all year; this lineup will struggle to produce runs on a nightly basis.

Biggest contributor: Buster Posey, hitting .300 and leads the team with four home runs and 23 RBIs.

Biggest disappointment: Tim Lincecum, in nine starts has a 6.04 ERA with a 2-4 record.

Biggest surprise: Santiago Casilla, in 21 games has a 1.37 ERA, 1-2 record, and 11 saves in 12 opportunities.

Arizona Diamondbacks – 20-25 This team continues to struggle in lots of areas, and it all starts with their franchise player Justin Upton. He hit a home run against the Dodgers yesterday, but overall is hitting just .253 on the season with 18 RBIs and five home runs. That’s not what you’re looking for out of your superstar player. The Diamondbacks will take on the Milwaukee Brewers (18-26) at home over the weekend for a three game series.

Reason to be worried (as a Dodger Fan): They’re starting to get healthy again, after a rough start to the season with injuries.

Reason to be optimistic (as a Dodger Fan): The Diamondbacks pitchers have allowed the most home runs in the National League with 48. So Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier can always look forward to a matchup against the Diamondbacks. Biggest contributor: Miguel Montero, hitting .255 with two home runs and leads the team with 21 RBIs.

Biggest disappointment: Ryan Roberts, hitting .238 with three home runs and 19 RBIs.

Biggest surprise: Craig Breslow, in 20 games and 22.1 innings pitched, he has a 1-0 record with a 2.01 ERA.

Colorado Rockies – 16-27 Before the Rockies beat the Miami Marlins 8-4 yesterday, they had a streak opposite of the Dodgers, losing six straight games. They were swept over the weekend by the Seattle Mariners (21-25) in the first interleague series of the year. The Rockies will look to get on track, as they travel to Cincinnati this weekend to take on the Reds (24-19) for a three game series.

Reason to be worried (as a Dodger Fan): They are ranked third in the National League in home runs with 46 of them.

Reason to be optimistic (as a Dodger Fan): They have to face some tough teams in June, who could dig them a deeper hole in the NL West. Here is how the month will go; they will have series against the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Angels, Athletics, Tigers, Phillies, Rangers, Nationals, and Padres.

Biggest contributor: Carlos Gonzalez, hitting .306 with a team leading eight home runs and 34 RBIs.

Biggest disappointment: Jeremy Guthrie, in six starts has a 2-2 record with 5.55 ERA.

Biggest surprise: Jordan Pacheco, in 20 games and 61 at bats, he is hitting .279 with one home run and five RBIs. Also holds a nine game hitting streak at the moment.

San Diego Padres – 16-29 The Padres actually won two out of three games in their interleague matchup last weekend against the Anaheim Angels. Unfortunately, the wins didn’t carry over to their recent series with the St Louis Cardinals (25-19), as they got swept in the three game series. This team also lost one of it’s best starting pitchers Cory Luebke for the season, due to reconstructive surgery on his left elbow. They are now tied for the most losses in the Major Leagues with the Chicago Cubs (15-29). The Padres will face a tough opponent in a four game series over the weekend, as they take on the New York Mets (24-20) on the road.

Reason to be worried (as a Dodger Fan): Still thinking….

Reason to be optimistic (as a Dodger Fan): The Padres are last in the majors in home runs (17), and last in slugging percentage (.328).

Biggest contributor: Chase Headley, hitting .245 with a team leading five home runs and 21 RBIs.

Biggest disappointment: Cameron Maybin, hitting .212 with one home run and 12 RBIs.

Biggest surprise: Yonder Alonso, hitting .300 with one home run and 13 RBIs.

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