The NL West is getting out of hand. Let's take a look at why...
As of right now, the DBacks are 7.5 games behind the Dodgers in the standings, but they could easily 10.5 back. In game one of the series against the Orioles, the two teams were tied at six in the ninth before Adam Eaton hit a walk-off homer to win it. The next day, Jim Johnson blew his first of two consecutive saves in two days when Paul Goldschmidt hit a game tying homer in the ninth. Goldschmidt then ended the game in the 11th on a homer. In game three, Baltimore was up 4-3 in the ninth before Jim Johnson blew the save and Aaron Hill hit a walk-off single in the 14th.
Rockies: Colorado was 5-2 this past week. The Rockies started off their week with a 2-1 loss to the Mets that completed a sweep. Colorado then quietly swept Pittsburgh at home before taking two of three from San Diego.
The Rockies were 5-2, but still lost two games in the standings. Despite this fact, Colorado can hold its head high because of its three-game sweep of Pittsburgh. In that series, the Rockies outscored the Pirates 19-7 thanks in part to a 10-1 win in game one.
Giants: San Francisco was 2-4 this week. The Giants won their first game this week by a score of 4-1 to the Brewers. San Fran then lost two of three against Baltimore at home before traveling to the nation's capital and losing two straight against Washington.
The Giants' bats were once again pretty quiet, averaging just 3 runs per game. At the same time their pitching staff surrendered on average 4.7 runs per game. San Francisco dropped 4.5 games in the standings this week and currently owns the second-worst record in the National League (Miami is first).
Padres: San Diego was 2-4 this week. The Padres his the road and lost two of three in Cincinnati before traveling to Colorado and losing two of three once again.
In six games, the Padres scored more than three runs just once when they scored seven on Tuesday August 13th. Overall, San Diego averaged 3 runs per game while their pitching staff was horrendous. They gave up on average 5.7 runs per game. That number is aided by a 14-2 loss in Colorado on Monday August 12th. Excluding that game, the pitching staff surrendered on average just 4 runs per game.
Dodgers: Los Angeles was a perfect 7-0 this week. The Dodgers started off the week with a 5-1 in St. Louis before coming home for six games at Dodger Stadium. Los Angeles swept the Rays and Mets in back-to-back series at the "Magic Castle."
The Dodgers' offense was once again fantastic this week, averaging 5.4 runs per game. But more importantly, the offense was clutch. LA came back to win a game in the sixth or later three times, and in the seventh or later twice. The Dodgers also beat two of the majors' two best pitchers this week in David Price and Matt Harvey. By far the most impressive performance by the offense was on Friday August 9th when LA was down 6-0 in the top of the seventh and came back to win 7-6 thanks to four runs in the ninth inning.
WHAT'S IN STORE FOR THESE TEAMS NEXT WEEK?
Diamondbacks: Day off, three games against the Pirates, three games against the Reds
Rockies: Day off, three games against the Orioles, three games against the Phillies
Padres: Four games against the Mets, three games against the Pirates
Dodgers: Day off, three games against the Phillies, three games against the Marlins
OVERALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Diamondbacks' first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. The All-Star did hit an unimpressive .217 this week, but his 3 homers came at the perfect time. On Friday, Goldschmidt hit a walk-off homer in the ninth to beat the Mets 5-4. On Tuesday, Goldschmidt hit a game-tying homer in the ninth and then a walk-off homer in the 11th to beat the Orioles 4-3.
Honorable mention - Dodgers' pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. The lefty was 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA in two starts this week. His overall statistics were 14 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 SO.
BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:
Diamondback's first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. It's hard not to give someone this award when they hit the game-tying homer in the ninth and the walk-off homer in the eleventh. Well, Goldschmidt did that on Tuesday August 13th against the Orioles.
OVERALL TEAM OF THE WEEK:
The Los Angeles Dodgers. Is this even a question? The Boys in Blue were a perfect 7-0 this week and swept the Rays and Mets in back-to-back series at home. As said earlier, the Dodgers also defeated two of the best pitchers in the majors in Price and Harvey, while their offense was extremely clutch and continued to stay hot.
WORST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
Padres' pitcher Edinson Volquez. On Monday August 12th, Volquez gave up eight earned runs on nine hits over four and a third innings. The righty walked three and struck out just two while his ERA jumped from 5.44 to 5.80. It was the second time in his last six starts that he gave up eight runs. The Padres ended up losing that game against the Rockies 14-2.