NL West Report: A new team takes over

Dustin Bradford

A recap of what happened between June 30th to July 6th in the National League West.

The Dodgers began the week tied for first place, took sole possession on Monday, then gave it back, then grabbed back the lead over the weekend in Colorado.

TEAM RECAPS:

Diamondbacks (2-4 this week): Arizona started its week with a day off before losing two straight to Pittsburgh on the road. But the Diamondbacks then the series finale 10-2. The DBacks then lost the first two-games of a three-game series on the road against the Braves. Arizona then won the final game of the series 3-1 over Atlanta.

Padres (4-2): This week for San Diego started off with a 1-0 win over Cincinnati on the road. The Padres then won the final two games of the three-game series to sweep the Reds. San Diego had Thursday off before traveling to San Francisco. The Padres won the first game of the series before losing the final two.

Rockies (1-6): Colorado's week started off by getting swept by Washington in three games in the nation's capital. The Rockies then hosted the Dodgers at Coors Field and dropped the first two games of the four-game series before winning the third. But Colorado then lost the final game 8-2.

Giants (3-3): San Fran's week started off with a day off on Monday. The Giants then hosted the Cardinals and won the first game of the series before dropping the final two. San Francisco then visited San Diego and lost the first game before winning the final two.

Dodgers (4-3): The Dodgers' week started with a 1-0 victory over the Indians on the road. Los Angeles then lost the final two games of the three-game series to Cleveland before traveling to Colorado. The Dodgers won the first two games before dropping the third and winning the fourth and final game of the series.

WHAT'S IN STORE FOR THESE TEAMS NEXT WEEK:

Diamondbacks: Three at home against the Marlins, day off, and three on the road against the Giants.

Padres: Three on the road against the Rockies and four on the road against the Dodgers.

Rockies: Three at home against the Padres, day off, and three at home against the Twins.

Giants: Two on the road against the Athletics, two at home against the Athletics, and three at home against the Diamondbacks.

Dodgers: Day off, two on the road against the Tigers, and four at home against the Padres.

OVERALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:

Diamondbacks' first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. The starting first baseman for the National League in the All-Star game hit finished the week with a slash line of .500/.560/.909 over six games this week. Hit hit one homer and knocked in five runs. He also hit four doubles and one triple. He went 11-for-22 at the plate and six of his 11 hits were for extra-bases.

BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:

Dodgers' starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw. On July 4th against the Rockies, Kershaw extended his scoreless innings streak to 36 straight. Over eight innings against Colorado, the lefty gave up just two hits, walked one, and struck out eight. The performance lowered his ERA to 1.85 this season.

OVERALL TEAM OF THE WEEK:

The Dodgers. LA went 4-3 this week and passed San Fran for first in the division. The Giants had been alone in first in the West since May 8th when they took a one game over the Rockies. Nearly two months later, the Dodgers passed them for first place in the division.

WORST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:

Rockies' starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens. The veteran lasted just 4⅔ innings Friday as he gave up eight earned runs on 12 hits. He walked won and struck out three while also surrendering two homers.

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