Diamondbacks News

Around the NL West

By Scott Allen

The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants continue to fight for first place in the NL West, but the division has been anything but quiet otherwise.  A lot going on in all the NL West cities.  Here is a roundup of what has been going on outside of Arizona recently.

San Francisco Giants – The Giants have found a way to stick with the Dbacks despite a losing streak that reached five games last week.  They have won four in a row since the losing streak.  The Giants have finally found some home cooking with the AL in taking care of the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians.  The Giants are going for a sweep of the Indians today.

Los Angeles Dodgers– The Dodgers are a mess, not only on the field, but off it as well.  Steve Soberoff, their vice chairman, quit the team on Saturday, citing MLB’s control of the team.  I don’t blame him.  On the field, they have fallen 9 games behind the Dbacks and are 10 games under .500, no place I thought I would ever see a team with this type of talent be.  The Dodgers have lost three in a row.

San Diego Padres – The Padres have taken residence in the division cellar.  While the offense is miserable, it is hard to think of the Padres as a last place team given their pitching, but the team has had offensive struggles and even the pitching has been suspect at times.  They had a breakout offensive game in defeating the Atlanta Braves on Friday 11-2, but those types of games have been the exception rather than the rule lately.

Colorado Rockies – The Rockies have quietly crept up the standings and seemed to have stopped a sinking ship from happening.  They had an impressive victory against the New York Yankees on Friday before being roughed up yesterday by CC Sabathia