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NL West Report: Polar Opposites

A recap of what happened between September 1-7 in the National League West.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

This week was interesting in the NL West because most teams had polar opposite records. Let's take a look.

Team recaps

Diamondbacks (2-5 this week): Arizona had a rough week that started off with back-to-back losses to San Diego on the road. But the Diamondbacks then bounced back and won two straight against the Padres. After splitting a four game series with the Padres, the DBacks visited the Dodgers. But Arizona left Southern California unhappy after getting swept in three games by Los Angeles.

Padres (2-5): San Diego's week started off splitting a four game series with Arizona after winning the first two games and losing the final two. The Padres then visited the Rockies and were swept at Coors Field.

Rockies (5-2): Monday was interesting for Colorado. The Rockies first finished a May 22nd game against the Giants and lost 4-2 and then an evening matchup 10-9. Colorado then fell to San Francisco on Tuesday before beating San Fran on Wednesday. The Rockies had Thursday off and then hosted and swept the Padres in Denver.

Giants (4-3): Just like with Colorado, San Francisco had an interesting Monday. The Giants and Rockies split a twin bill that started with the finish of a May 22nd matchup between the two squads.The two foes then split the next two games of the series as San Francisco left Colorado after going 2-2 at Coors. The Giants had Thursday off before facing the Tigers over the weekend. San Francisco won the first two games, but lost on Sunday Night Baseball 6-1.

Dodgers (4-2): The Boys in Blue started off losing two of three against the Nationals. Los Angeles then had Thursday off before Arizona came into town. The Dodgers then swept the Diamondbacks right out of Dodger Stadium in three straight games.

This week ahead

Diamondbacks: Day off, three on the road against the Giants, and three at home against the Padres.

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

Rockies: Three on the road against the Mets, day off, and three on the road against the Cardinals.

Giants: Day off, three at home against the Diamondbacks, and three at home against the Dodgers.

Dodgers: Three at home against the Padres, day off, and three on the road against the Giants.

Player of the week

Giants' catcher Buster Posey. He only played in six games this week, but Posey was dominant and deserving of the award. He had a slash line of .565/.593/.957 and hit two homers while knocking in eight runs. He also scored eight times and hit three doubles. The most impressive part however, Posey walked three times and struck out once this week.

Best individual performance

Dodgers' first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. On Sunday against the Diamondbacks, Gonzalez had quite the showing. The 32-year-old went 2-4 and hit two homers while knocking in six runs. It was the second time in his career he had six RBI in a game, the first being in May of 2010 against the Dodgers when he was a member of the Padres. Gonzalez now has 22 homers and 100 RBI this season.

Team of the week

The Colorado Rockies. They may be tied with the Diamondbacks for last in the NL West, but the Rockies were the best team this week. Colorado split a four-game set with San Francisco to impact the top of the standings. The Rockies then convincingly swept the Padres, which included two shutouts.

Worst individual performance

Rockies' pitcher Franklin Morales. This one is interesting because on Monday, Morales wasn't too shabby but the Rockies beat the Giants 10-9 at home. Morales started for Colorado and gave up seven runs (all earned) on nine hits through 4.1 innings. His final line: 4.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. The poor started pushed his ERA from 5.14 to 5.46.