Los Angeles Dodgers
Though the Dodgers are still in first place today, that wasn’t always the case for the past two weeks. They were swept in San Francisco — and also shut out for every game in the series — and then lost possession of the top spot in the standings. But, they managed to get a win streak up to three games and reclaim first place while the Giants couldn’t hold on.
Matt Kemp is still on the disabled list, and Andre Ethier was just recently placed there too. But they keep finding ways to win when they need to, despite a You Can’t Predict Baseball-ish lineup being thrown out there every some odd night.
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San Francisco Giants
After interleague play was over, the Giants managed to dominate many games, shutting out the Dodgers for all three games in a series and one game in a four game series against the Cincinnati Reds. This brought them to the point where they could reach first place — and they did. However, staying there wasn’t in their cards and quickly lost ground after being swept by the Washington Nationals.
Now a game and a half back from the Dodgers, the Giants will continue on their journey to the top of the standings. Pitching, offense and defense will be key for them, and it would be a hope that all three can remain competent throughout the second half of the season.
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Though not as bad as before, they remain below .500 in the NL West. They have three starters (Trevor Cahill, Joe Saunders and Wade Miley) who have ERAs under 4.00, and one of those three (Miley) has an FIP under 4.00. As a team, however, they’re batting .262/.330/.420 with a wOBA of .323. Which is to say … it’s not the best.
They’ve also dropped their last six games — two to the Brewers, a three-game series to the Padres and the first game in a series against the Dodgers. Certainly, being swept by the Padres won’t help matters at all.
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San Diego Padres
A bit of a shocker here: the Padres are no longer dwelling in the basement of the NL West standings. With a win percentage of .405, but that appears to be enough to get them out of the cellar.
As a team, they’re batting .235/.310/.361 with a .296 wOBA. They’re throwing 3.86/4.13/.405. So that’s been enough for them to get by. It did get them a sweep of the Diamondbacks this past week.
They begin a three-game series at home against the Reds before the All-Star Break. Who knows? Maybe they’ll gain some ground and be 12 games back in the division.
Last place is what happens when you DFA Jamie Moyer.
All kidding aside, the Rockies’ rotation has become a complete clownshoes situation: it’s a six-man rotation that will expand to a seven-man rotation.
Terrible pitching and a wall of spaghetti gets you a rotation you can’t count on one hand, apparently. Your 2012 Colorado Rockies, folks!