NL WEST Rundown: Giants Fighting to Unseat Dodgers

The Dodgers are the first team in the MLB to get to the 40 win mark this year. They are currently 40-24 on the season (best record in baseball) and sit atop the National League West by four games. The team went 7-3 last week during their longest road trip of year so far, which included a four game sweep over the Philadelphia Phillies. In the Freeway Series against the Angels this week, they lost two out of three at home. The Dodgers have one team in their division that is waiting for their opportunity to take over, so they have to continue to play good baseball. Interleague play will continue this weekend as the Chicago White Sox will make an appearance at Dodger Stadium for a three game series.

San Francisco Giants – 36-28
The Giants are coming off of one of the best games in their Franchise’s history. As their two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum continues to struggle, starting pitcher Matt Cain threw a Perfect game on Wednesday night against the Houston Astros, with 14 strikeouts. This team is 9-4 in the month of June, as they are making a legit case to take over the National League West. The Giants will travel to Seattle over the weekend to take on the Mariners, for a three game series in interleague play.

Reason to be worried (as a Dodger fan): The Dodgers continue to play well, but this team is just waiting for any slip up to take over the National League West.

Reason to be optimistic (as a Dodger fan): This team relies heavily on their pitching staff, but their lineup will have to score runs consistently throughout the season, which doesn’t have lots of power in it.

Biggest contributor: Buster Posey, hitting .294 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs.

Biggest disappointment: Tim Lincecum, in 13 starts is 2-7 with a 7.00 ERA.

Biggest surprise: Angel Pagan, hitting .314 with five home runs and 22 RBIs.

Arizona Diamondbacks – 30-32
The Diamondbacks are currently nine games out in the National League West, but have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games. Although today they are on the verge of being swept by the Texas Rangers. It won’t get any easier for them as they take on the Angels over the weekend, on the road for a three game series.

Reason to be worried (as a Dodger fan): This team has tons of talent all around and if they could put it all together, they could be a threat to defend their National League West title. Also this team doesn’t give any teams extra outs, as they rank first in the NL in fielding percentage (.987).

Reason to be optimistic (as a Dodger fan): Their star player Justin Upton continues to struggle, hitting just .250 with five home runs and 22 RBIs.

Biggest contributor: Jason Kubel, hitting .287 with six home runs and 36 RBIs.

Biggest disappointment: Chris Young, who was off to one of the best starts of his career before an injury early on in the season, is now hitting .264 with five home runs and 16 RBIs.

Biggest surprise: Wade Miley, in 13 starts is 7-3 with a 2.39 ERA.

Colorado Rockies – 24-38

The Rockies have now dropped eight games in a row and haven’t liked interleague play at all. They were swept at home last weekend against the Angels, and today the Oakland A’s finished off a swept against them at Coors Field as well. This team is without Troy Tulowitzki, who is the leader of the team. They will go on the road over the weekend to take on the Detroit Tigers to try to improve their interleague play record.

Reason to be worried (as a Dodger fan): The Rockies do have an offense that scores runs, leading the National League in runs with 316.

Reason to be optimistic (as a Dodger fan): Their pitching is last in the entire major leagues with a 5.42 team ERA.

Biggest contributor: Carlos Gonzalez, hitting .322 with a team leading 16 home runs and 48 RBIs.

Biggest disappointment: Todd Helton, hitting .240 with seven home runs and 25 RBIs.

Biggest surprise: Marco Scutaro, hitting .279 with four home runs and 17 RBIs.

San Diego Padres – 22-41
The Padres are currently 17.5 games out of the National League West and would need a complete turnaround to have a shot this season. They are going for the sweep against the Seattle Mariners at the moment. This is just a young team in rebuilding mode, after trading away their star Adrian Gonzalez a few years ago. This weekend they will take on the Oakland A’s at home, to continue interleague matchups around baseball.

Reason to be worried (as a Dodger fan): This team has nothing to lose and is actually playing better than Colorado at the moment. Also Carlos Quentin is now healthy and hitting very well, in 12 games he is hitting .421 with five home runs and 10 RBIs.

Reason to be optimistic (as a Dodger fan): Their ranked second to last in the National League with a .230 team batting average. They have 22 wins, which is right behind the Cubs 21 wins for least amount in the major leagues.

Biggest contributor: Chase Headley, hitting .272 with seven home runs and 31 RBIs.

Biggest disappointment: Cameron Maybin, hitting .214 with three home runs and 21 RBIs.

Biggest surprise: Jason Marquis, who they just picked up after he was released by the Minnesota Twins, in two starts is 1-1 with a 1.46 ERA.

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