NL West Weekly Report: 1-run games

Justin Edmonds

A recap of what happened between April 14th and 20th in the National League West.

One-run games were a theme in the NL West this week as four of the five teams had similar weeks.

Team Recaps:

Diamondbacks: Arizona went 1-5 this week. The Diamondbacks started things off by being swept at home by the Mets. Arizona was outscored 21-5 over the three-game series. The Dbacks then flew to Los Angeles and lost two of three to the Dodgers.

Padres: San Diego went 4-3 this week. The Padres started off by splitting a four-game series with the Rockies. San Diego then hosted San Francisco and won two of three. The Padres barely outscored opponents 20-18 this week.

Rockies: Colorado went 4-3 this week. The Rockies split a four-game series with the Padres to start the week off. Philadelphia then visited Colorado and the Rockies won two of three. Colorado outscored opponents 36-24 over the week.

Giants: San Francisco went 3-3 this week. The Giants started things off by taking two of three from the Dodgers at home. San Francisco then visited San Diego and lost two of threes. The Giants were outscored 13-12 by opponents this week. Vin Scully pointed out during the April 20th Dodgers vs. Diamondbacks broadcast that nine of the Giants' last ten games have been decided by one run, including all three against Los Angeles this week. The one game that wasn't decided by one run over San Fran's last ten was its 3-1 loss to San Diego on April 19th.

Dodgers: Los Angeles went 3-3 this week. The Dodgers dropped two of three to the Giants on the road. But Los Angeles then returned home and took two of three from Arizona. The Dodgers outscored opponents 19-17 over the past week.

WHAT'S IN STORE FOR THESE TEAMS NEXT WEEK:

Diamondbacks: Four road games against Cubs, and three home games against the Phillies

Padres: Three road games against the Brewers, and four road games against the Nationals

Rockies: Three home games against the Giants, day off, and three road games against the Dodgers

Giants: Three road games against the Rockies, day off, and three home games against the Indians

Dodgers: Four home games against the Phillies, and three home games against the Rockies

OVERALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau. Colorado's slugger hit .375 this week with three homers and 12 RBIs. His best game of the week was on April 20th when he went 2-4 with a homer and five RBIs.

BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:

Dodgers' outfielder Yasiel Puig. This one could've gone to Morneau as well, but Puig's April 20th performance was fantastic. Puig went 1-3 with a homer and three RBIs, but it was a defensive play that helped the young outfielder win this "award."

OVERALL TEAM OF THE WEEK:

The Colorado Rockies. The best offense in the National League this week was Colorado. The Diamondbacks and Rockies both had the best records in the division this week, 4-3, which made this a tough decision. But Colorado's offensive production was too good to overlook.

WORST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:

Diamondbacks' starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo. For the second week in a row this goes to an Arizona starting pitcher, last week it was Trevor Cahill. On April 15th against the Mets, Arroyo lasted three and a third innings. He gave up nine earned runs on ten hits. He only struck out one hitter and walked one.

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