Two upstarts out west in the NL.

//Two upstarts out west in the NL.

Two upstarts out west in the NL.

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LA is sitting all alone on top of the NL West, but Arizona and Colorado are challenging.

The Dodgers are every bit as good as we thought they’d be, but the surprising Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies are 1 and 2 in the Wild Card race at the moment and challenging the Dodgers at every turn.

A quick look at what’s taken place so far this season shows Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb leading the NL in RBI’s, but they’re not alone in leading the the D’Backs.  The pitching is right behind the Dodgers in virtually every category.  Even with Patrick Corbin and Yasmani Tomas off to a slow start, Arizona is up 4 1/2 games in the Wild Card and not giving the Dodgers any breathing room.

Colorado has had it’s ups and down this season, the usual culprit for the Rockies has been the home and road splits, but this time it’s a bit different.  They’re dead last in home ERA (by a 1/2 run!), but they’re pitching is competing well with Arizona and LA on the road.  The lineup features Arenado and Blackmon, luckily now Cargo is returning from a stint on the DL to really make the Rockies lineup very formidable.  If the Rockies pitching can stay in the middle of the pack for most of the major categories, this mashing batting order might be enough to propel the Rockies into the playoff for the first time since 2009.

Although the Giants and Dodgers have dominated the NL West this decade, don’t look now, the NL West has two other teams that are stacked with talented and looking to do some damage and make a postseason run.

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By | 2017-07-04T03:13:56+00:00 July 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Two upstarts out west in the NL.

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