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NL West Report: Protesting

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A recap of what happened between August 18th to 24th in the National League West.

Brian Kersey

The waiver trade deadline is approaching, and the NL West has been very silent. But on the field, it was a busy week for the division, including something we hadn't seen in 28 years.

Weekly recaps

Diamondbacks (2-5 last week): Arizona had the busiest week as it was the only team in the division without an off day. But the D-Backs also had arguably the toughest and worst week in the division. The Diamondbacks visited the Nationals in DC for a four-game series and were swept, including three walk-off losses. Arizona then hosted San Diego and won the first two games before dropping the finale.

Padres (2-4): All six of San Diego's games this week were on the road against divisional opponents. The Padres started with a three-game series against the Dodgers that didn't end well for the Pads. Los Angeles won games one and three with San Diego taking game two. The Padres then visited the Diamondbacks and lost the first two games of the series before winning game three.

Rockies (3-2): While Arizona had seven games this week and no off days, Colorado had only five games and two off days, including Monday. The Rockies hosted the Royals on Tuesday and Wednesday and split both games with the AL Central leaders. Colorado then hosted Miami and lost the first game before winning the final two.

Giants (3-3): San Francisco had the most interesting week after it had Monday off. On Tuesday, the Giants visited the Cubs and at the time lost after just five innings due to rain. But San Francisco filed a protest and won the first protest since 1986. But before the game was made up on Thursday, SF defeated Chicago on Wednesday. The next day the two teams finished the game and the Cubs won 2-1 before the Giants won the series' finale later that night. San Francisco then traveled to Washington for a three-game series with the Nationals. The Giants won game one, but then lost the final two of the series.

Dodgers (4-2): The boys in blue started with a day off on Monday. Los Angeles then hosted San Diego and split the first two games before winning the finale 2-1 at home. The Dodgers then hosted the Mets over the weekend and won the first two games. But New York didn't go away quietly and won the series' finale 11-3.

The week ahead

Diamondbacks: Day off, two at home against the Dodgers, day off, and three at home against the Rockies.

Padres: Three at home against the Brewers, day off, and three at home against the Dodgers.

Rockies: Four on the road against the Giants and three on the road against the Diamondbacks.

Giants: Four at home against the Rockies and three at home against the Brewers.

Dodgers: Day off, two on the road against the Diamondbacks, day off, and three on the road against the Padres.

Player of the Week

Rockies' infielder Nolan Arenado. The youngster did very well this week hitting .545/.600/1.045. He hit two homers and knocked in three runs for Colorado this week. Arenado also walked twice and didn't strike out once.

Best individual performance

Giants' infielder Joe Panik. The 23-year-old notched his first career homer on August 22 in the Giants' win over Washington. Panik went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, a homer, and three runs batted in.

Team of the week

The Los Angeles Dodgers were easily the best NL West team this week despite a blowout loss to the Mets to end the week. LA won both of the series it played in and won four of six games during the week.

Worst individual performance

Dodgers' pitcher Kevin Correia had his worst start for Los Angeles on Sunday as LA fell to New York 11-3. Correia gave up seven runs (five earned) on seven hits over three innings. He didn't walk anyone, struck out one, but also gave up three homers.