NL West Weekly Report: Two teams stay hot

Doug Pensinger

A recap of what happened between April 28th and May 4th in the National League West.

For the third straight week, two teams stayed hot while the rest of the division struggled.

TEAM RECAPS:

Diamondbacks (3-3 this week): Arizona started off the week by dropping two of three at home to Colorado. The Diamondbacks had a 3-12 record at home over the month of April. But the Dbacks started off May on a positive note by winning two of three on the road against the Padres.

Padres (2-4): San Diego started off the week with a 6-4 win over San Francisco, but then dropped the final two games of the series. The Padres started off May with a day off before then losing two of three against the Diamondbacks.

Rockies (5-2): Colorado is one of the two NL West teams that has been hot recently. The Rockies started off the week by taking two of three from the Diamondbacks on the road. Colorado then hosted the Mets at home and won three of four.

Giants (5-1): San Francisco is the other team in the division that's been hot. The Giants started the week by taking two of three from the Padres. San Fran then traveled to Atlanta and swept the Braves in three games.

Dodgers (4-2): Los Angeles' week didn't start until Wednesday thanks to a day off an poor weather in Minnesota. The Dodgers first swept the Twins on the road before dropping two of three against the Marlins in Miami.

WHAT'S IN STORE FOR THESE TEAMS NEXT WEEK:

Diamondbacks: Three on the road against the Brewers, day off, and three on the road against the White Sox

Padres: Three at home against the Royals and four at home against the Marlins

Rockies: Two at home against the Rangers, two on the road against the Rangers, and three on the road against the Reds

Giants: Three on the road against the Pirates and four on the road against the Dodgers

Dodgers: Three on the road agains the Nationals and four at home against the Giants

OVERALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

Rockies' shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. The 29-year-old played in Colorado's first six games this week and was on fire. He hit .619 and tallied 13 hits in 21 at-bats. He hit two homers and knocked in eight RBI. He also walked four times and only struck out once. Tulowitzki is now hitting .400 this season. He also notched the 1000th hit of his career on May 3rd against the Mets.

BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:

Dodgers' shortstop Dee Gordon. On Saturday May 3rd, Gordon had quite the performance in the Los Angeles' 9-7 win over Miami. He 5-6 with two runs scored and two RBI. He also stole three bases. Gordon's night was so good the Dodgers' put together a video of a it.

OVERALL TEAM OF THE WEEK:

The Colorado Rockies (for the third week in a row). The Giants had a better winning percentage and are still in first place, but the Rockies had the better week. Colorado averaged 6.6 runs per game while the pitching staff surrendered an average of 5.1 runs per game. The Rockies also scored 10 and 11 runs in back-to-back games against the Mets.

WORST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:

Diamondbacks' starting pitcher Wade Miley. On Monday April 28th, Wade Miley gave up seven earned runs in six innings against the Rockies. He only struck out two Colorado hitters and walked one. Miley is now 2-3 this season and has a 5.36 ERA.

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