It was a pretty normal week for the National League West, until Sunday.
Diamondbacks (2-4 this week): Arizona started with a day off before a not-so-successful three-game series in St. Louis. The Diamondbacks were swept by the Cardinals and were outscored 11-4 during the series. Arizona then traveled to the Big Apple where its first game against New York was rained out. But the DBacks bounced back and won the next day before splitting the doubleheader on Sunday.
Padres (2-4): San Diego had a very similar week to Arizona. It had Monday off before it traveled to Minnesota for a two-game series and lost both games. The Padres then visited Wrigley Field for a four-game series. San Diego and Chicago split the series even though the Padres outscored the Cubs 18-12.
Rockies (2-3): Just like every other team in the division, Colorado had Monday off. The Rockies hosted the Giants and and split the first two games of the series before the final game was rained out and postponed. Colorado then traveled to Atlanta for a three-game series with the Braves. The two teams split the first two games before Atlanta dominated Colorado and won 7-0 in game three.
Giants (4-1): San Francisco's week started with a day off on Monday before a 5-4 loss on the road to Colorado. But the Giants bounced back the next day to take game two of the series 5-1. The final game of the series was then suspended due to rain. San Francisco hosted Minnesota over the weekend and swept the Twins by outscoring them 16-4 over three games.
Dodgers (4-2): Los Angeles started with a day off in New York that Yasiel Puig took advantage of. The Dodgers then won the first two games of a three-game series with the Mets before dropping the third game. Los Angeles then traveled to Philadelphia and split the first two games of the series. The Dodgers won the final game of the series, but look in the awards section for an explanation of what happened during that game.
WHAT'S IN STORE FOR THESE TEAMS NEXT WEEK:
Diamondbacks: Three at home against the Padres and four at home against the Reds.
Padres: Three on the road against the Diamondbacks, day off, and three on the road against the White Sox.
Dodgers: Three at home against the Reds and four at home against the Pirates.
OVERALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Dodgers' outfielder Yasiel Puig. The 23-year-old hit very well in Los Angeles' six games this week. Puig finished with a triple slash line of .522/.607/.870. He also hit one homer and knocked in three RBI. Puig hit three doubles and one triple. He's reached base in 42 of the Dodgers' 51 games this season. Puig also made what might end up being the catch of the year.
BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:
Dodgers' starting pitcher Josh Beckett. This one was easy as Beckett no-hit the Phillies on Sunday and the Dodgers won 6-0. Beckett threw 128 pitches in his first career no-no and the franchise's first no-hitter since Hideo Nomo on September 17, 1996. He also struck out six and walked three. Beckett is now 3-1 this season with a 2.43 ERA. He's given up two or fewer runs in six of his nine starts.
OVERALL TEAM OF THE WEEK:
The San Francisco Giants. San Fran started the week off with a loss before winning its last four. So far this season the Giants have mostly used their offense to win games, but this week it was the pitching. The pitching staff gave up one run in three of the team's four wins. In the fourth win, San Francisco only gave up two.
WORST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:
Rockies' starter Franklin Morales. There weren't too many poor performances this week, but Morales' start on May 25th still wasn't very good. The Rockies lost to the Braves 7-0 and Morales gave up five earned runs over 4.2 innings. He also gave up three home runs. Morales only struck out one while walking three.