Baseball is back and it is fantastic. That also means the NL West Weekly Report is back on True Blue LA! Let's take a look at what happened over the first week (and a half) of the 2014 season.
Diamondbacks: Arizona has began the season with a 2-7 record. The D-Backs started with two straight losses in Australia to the Dodgers before returning to the states. Then they lost three of four to the Giants at home before dropping two of three against the Rockies.
Padres: San Diego has started with a 2-4 record. The Padres began the season with a 3-1 win over the Dodgers in the United States opener before dropping the next two. San Diego then traveled to Miami and lost two of three to the Marlins.
Rockies: Colorado began the season with a 3-4 record. The Rockies started off the season with a crushing 10-1 defeat at the hands of the Marlins. Their series in South Beach didn't get much better as they lost two of the next three. Colorado then went home and won two of three against Arizona.
Giants: San Francisco started off the season with a 5-2 record. The Giants beat the Diamondbacks 9-8 on Opening Day before winning two of the final three games in the series. San Francisco then traveled to Los Angeles and won two of three against the Dodgers.
Dodgers: Los Angeles started off the season with a 5-3 record. The Dodgers won both games in Australia against the Diamondbacks before returning to the states. Los Angeles then fell 3-1 to the Padres on Opening Night before winning the final two games of the series. The Dodgers than loss two of three against the rival Giants at home.
WHAT'S IN STORE FOR THESE TEAMS NEXT WEEK:
Diamondbacks: Today off, three games on the road against the Giants, and three games at home against the Dodgers.
Padres: Three games against the Indians on the road, day off, and three games at home against the Tigers.
Rockies: Three games at home against the White Sox, day off, and three games on the road against the Giants.
Giants: Today off, three games at home against the Diamondbacks, and three games at home against the Rockies.
Dodgers: Today off, two games at home against the Tigers, day off, three games on the road against the Diamondbacks.
OVERALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Diamondbacks' outfielder Mark Trumbo. The DBacks' outfielder has a big advantage seeing as he played two more games than most of the league, but his numbers are too impressive to dismiss. He leads the MLB with five homers and also leads with 13 RBIs. Trumbo is also hitting a solid .314 so far this season. He's also homered in each of his last four games.
BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:
Dodgers' shortstop Hanley Ramirez. One could argue this award should go to Matt Kemp, but Hanley wins with the extra hit. Ramirez was 3-for-4 against the Giants on Sunday with two homers and three runs scored. Kemp also had two homers, but only went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
OVERALL TEAM OF THE WEEK:
The San Francisco Giants. It's hard to not give this award to the team in first place after one week. The Giants won three of four against the Diamondbacks on the road before traveling to Los Angeles and taking two of three from the Dodgers. San Fran also beat both teams in their home openers.
WORST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:
Rockies' starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa. Colorado's starter gave up five earned runs over four and a third innings on Opening Day against the Marlins. But De La Rosa did manage to strike out six Miami hitters while only walking two.