The last three weeks have gone the same way in the National League West for the most part. Let's take a closer look.
Diamondbacks (4-2 this week):
Arizona started off with an 8-3 loss to Milwaukee on the road before winning the next two games of the three-game series. The Diamondbacks then had a day off before visiting the White Sox. Arizona lost the first game of the series by a score of 9-3 before winning the final two games of the series over Chicago.
Padres (4-3): San Diego won its first game of the week over Kansas City by a score of 6-5. The Padres then lost the next two games to the Royals and were outscored eleven to one. San Diego then hosted Miami and lost the first game of the series 3-1. But the Padres then won the final three games of the four-game series.
Rockies (4-3): Colorado destroyed Texas over the first three games of their four-game series by outscoring their American League opponent 29-5. But in the final game of the series, the Rangers turned things around and won 5-0. The Rockies then visited the Reds and dropped two of three despite outscoring their opponent 15-10 in the series.
Giants (4-3): San Francisco won its first game of the week by a score of 11-10 over Pittsburgh on the road. The Pirates then won the final two games of the series before the Giants visited the Dodgers. In Los Angeles, San Francisco continued to dominate its rival by winning three of the four games.
Dodgers (2-5): Los Angeles started off its week by losing to Washington 4-0. The next day the Dodgers won 8-3 before dropping the final game of the series against the Nationals by a score of 3-2. LA then went home and lost three of four to San Francisco.
WHAT'S IN STORE FOR THESE TEAMS NEXT WEEK:
Diamondbacks: Three games at home against the Nationals, day off, and three at home against the Dodgers
Padres: Day off, three games on the road against the Reds, and three on the road against the Rockies
Rockies: Day off, two games on the road against the Royals, day off, and three at home against the Padres
Giants: Three games at home against the Braves and four at home against the Marlins
Dodgers: Three games at home against the Marlins, day off, and three on the road against the Diamondbacks
OVERALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Rockies' shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. For the second week in a row, Tulo takes home the prize. Former teammate Seth Smith nearly won with his .500 batting average, but Tulowitzki's overall production was too good. Over seven games, he had a triple slash line of .375/.484/.917, hit four homers, totaled eight RBI, and scored seven runs.
BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:
Padres' second baseman Jedd Gyorko. The 25-year-old had arguably the best night of his young career on Friday May 9th. Gyorko went 3-4 with two homers and six RBI in San Diego's 10-1 win over Miami. It was the second time in his career he hit two homers in one game, but his six RBI did set a personal single-game record.
OVERALL TEAM OF THE WEEK:
The Colorado Rockies (for the fourth week in a row). It's kind of funny that the second place team in the division continues to beat the team in first in this category. The reason why is the Rockies consistently dominate their opponents, while the Giants have barely beat some over the last four weeks. Colorado outscored Texas 29-10 over their four-games series and then outscored Cincinnati 15-10 over that three-game series even though the Reds won two of three. The Rockies have benefitted mostly from the middle of their lineup. Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, and Nolan Arenado have all been incredible so far this season. Arenado also had a 28-game hit streak snapped this week against Cincy.
WORST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:
Diamondbacks' starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy. On Friday May 9th against the White Sox, the DBacks' starter gave up seven earned runs on nine hits over 3.1 innings. He did manage to strike out five and walk none, but the number of runs he gave up overshadowed that. The poor start raised his ERA this season from 4.67 to 5.66.