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NL West Report: The lead shrinks

A recap of what happened between August 25th to 31st in the National League West.

Thearon W. Henderson

The last week has been a roller coaster for four of the teams in the division. So let's take a look at which one only went up.


Diamondbacks (2-3 this week): Arizona started with Monday off before hosting Los Angeles for a two-game series. The Dodgers came in on Monday night and left Wednesday night after winning both games by a combined score of 12-6. The Dbacks had Thursday off before the Rockies visited. The two teams split the first two games before Arizona won the finale.

Padres (4-2): San Diego started on the wrong foot, losing 10-1 to Milwaukee at home. But the Padres bounced back and won the next two games before their off day Thursday. Over the week, San Diego hosted Los Angeles and played extremely well and won the first two games. But the Dodgers fought back and won the final game of the series.

Rockies (2-5): Colorado keeps on falling in the division thanks to poor performances against NL West opponents. The Rockies visited the Giants for four games this week and won the first contest 3-2 on Monday. But San Francisco took the next three games. Colorado then traveled to Arizona and lost the first and third games while winning the second game.

Giants (6-1): The team by the bay had an extremely impressive week. San Francisco lost its first game 3-2 to Colorado before winning its final six games of the week. The Giants took three straight from the Rockies before sweeping the Brewers at home.

Dodgers (3-2): It was a rough week for the team in Los Angeles. The Dodgers had Monday off before sweeping the Diamondbacks in a two-game series in the desert on Tuesday and Wednesday. Los Angeles had Thursday off to travel to San Diego. But the Padres won the first two games of the series before the Dodgers bounced back and won game three.

National League West Standings
Team W-L Pct GB
Los Angeles 77-60 .562 ---
San Francisco 74-62 .544
San Diego 64-71 .474 12
Arizona 57-79 .419 19½
Colorado 54-82 .397 22½

This week ahead:

Diamondbacks: Four on the road against the Padres and three on the road against the Dodgers.

Padres: Four at home against the Diamondbacks and three on the road against the Rockies.

Rockies: Completion of 5/22 game against the Giants at home, three full games against the Giants at home, day off, and three against the Padres at home.

Giants: Completion of 5/22 game against the Rockies on the road, three against the Rockies on the road, day off, and three on the road against the Tigers.

Dodgers: Three at home against the Nationals, day off, and three at home against the Diamondbacks.

Player of the week:

Giant' catcher Buster Posey. The 27-year-old has been on fire this week. In the six games he played in this week, he finished with a slash line of .423/.423/.846. He also hit three homers and knocked in 10 runs while scoring 6 more. Posey also hit a walk-off homer that made Greg Amsinger of the MLB Network go crazy.

Best individual performance:

Giants' starting pitcher Jake Peavy. The righty brought a no-hitter into the eighth inning on Saturday against the Brewers before Mark Reynolds broke it up in the eighth inning. Peavy's final line was 7.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 8 Ks. It was also Peavy's fourth win of the season, although his win loss record is still 4-13.

Team of the week:

The San Francisco Giants. It's easy to understand why San Fran deserves this award. The Giants went 6-1 and won their final six games of the week. San Francisco outscored its opponents 44-14 thanks to a pair of big against Milwaukee by scores of 13-2 and 15-5.

Worst individual performance:

Diamondbacks' starter Trevor Cahill. On Tuesday against the Dodgers, the righty's line against the boys in blue was 3.1 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR as the Dbacks lost 9-5. The loss dropped Cahill's record to 3-9 on the season and raised his ERA from 4.54 to 4.98.