Not much happened in the NL West this week other than two teams locking into a tie for first place. Okay, maybe that's big news.
Diamondbacks (3-2 this week): Arizona started off its week with an off day. The next day, the Dbacks beat the Indians 9-8 at home. But the next day, they lost 6-1. Arizona then had another day off before traveling to San Diego for a three-game series. The Diamondbacks won the first two games before dropping the finale.
Padres (3-3): The team from San Diego started with a three-game series in San Francisco. The Padres won the first game 6-0 and the second 7-2. But San Diego then lost the finale 4-0. The Padres had Thursday off before hosting the Diamondbacks. San Diego lost the first two games before winning the third 2-1.
Rockies (2-5): Colorado started off on the wrong foot with an 8-0 loss to St. Louis. But the Rockies bounced back and won the next night 10-5. In the finale, St. Louis took game three by a score of 9-6. Colorado then traveled to Milwaukee for a four-game series. The Brewers won the first three contests before the Rockies won the last game 10-4.
Giants (1-6): The Giants started off the week in first place, but didn't end there thanks to a rough week. San Francisco lost the first two games of a three-game series against San Diego before winning the final game. The Giants then hosted the Reds and were lost every game of the four-game series.
Dodgers (5-2): Los Angeles lost its first game of the week 5-3 to Kansas City. But the Dodgers bounced back and won the next two games. Los Angeles then went back home and won the first game of a four-game series against St. Louis 1-0. The Cardinals won the next game before the Dodgers won the final two. The series finale over St. Louis plus Cincinnati's win over San Francisco meant the Dodgers and Giants are now tied for first in the division.
WHAT'S IN STORE FOR THESE TEAMS NEXT WEEK:
Padres: Three at home against the Reds, day off, and three at home against the Giants.
Rockies: Three on the road against the Nationals and four at home against the Dodgers.
Giants: Day off, three at home against the Cardinals, and three on the road against the Padres.
Dodgers: Three at home against the Indians and then four on the road against the Rockies.
OVERALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Dodgers' pitcher Clayton Kershaw. The lefty has continued to dominate after his no-hitter in two starts this week. He pitched 15 innings and gave up no runs on 11 hits. He walked just three while striking out 21.
BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK:
Dodgers' pitcher Clayton Kershaw. On June 29th against the Cardinals, Kershaw threw seven innings of shut-out baseball. He gave up just five hits while walked two. On top of all of that, the lefty struck out 13 St. Louis hitters.
OVERALL TEAM OF THE WEEK:
The Los Angeles Dodgers. LA went 5-2 for the best record in the league this week. On top of that, Los Angeles tied San Francisco for first place in the division on the final day of the week.
WORST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE:
San Francisco's pitcher Matt Cain. On June 23rd against the Padres, Cain pitched seven and a third innings, but gave up three runs in his final inning of work. Overall, the righty gave up six earned on seven hits over seven and a third innings.