NL West Season Preview 2020

NL West Division Odds

Team Odds
Los Angeles Dodgers
-900
Arizona Diamondbacks
+800
San Diego Padres
+1100
Colorado Rockies
+2800
San Francisco Giants
+5000

The NL West is a division that is dominated by the Los Angles Dodgers. The Diamondbacks and Padres have hopes of the postseason, but need to play very well in order to get the wild card spot. The Rockies and Giants, on the other hand, are teams that are firmly in rebuild mode.

Los Angeles Dodgers

The Dodgers have won more games than any other team since the 2015 season. In two of those seasons, they found themselves in the World Series. They have also been on quite a run in the NL West, winning the last 7 divisional titles. Even with all this success, it has still been 32 years since they last won the World Series. Last year they won an incredible 106 games, and come into this season as a huge favorite to win the NL pennant.

Last season this team already had a very strong roster. Even with that, they went out and signed perhaps this season’s biggest free agent in Mookie Betts. They were also able to beef up there pitching with five-time All-Star David Price. This should help fulfill the holes that were left in their bullpen during the postseason last year. It is safe to say at this point anything less than winning the World Series would be a failure of a season for this Dodgers team.

Arizona Diamondbacks

If there is any team that can take down the Dodgers it will most likely be the Diamondbacks. Last season the Diamondbacks made a late-season push at the wild card spot, but fell just short. The Diamondbacks team last year had good production out of Ketel Marte and Eduardo Escobar. After trading Zack Grienke last season the Diamondbacks went out and picked up Madison Bumgarner. Also with the addition of Starling Marte, the Diamondbacks lineup could make a push this season.

It will be interesting to see if the Diamondbacks can continue there success after the loss of Goldschmidt and Greinke. This Diamondbacks team is in a position where every game counts if they want any chance of taking down the Dodgers. With a potentially shortened season due to the coronavirus, it will be even more interesting to see how the wild card race plays out.

San Diego Padres

The Padres have a good roster and look like a team that should have been good the last few years. However, the stats would say otherwise. The last time that the Padres had a winning season was in 2010. And they haven’t been to the postseason since 2006. As the only professional sports team left in San Diego, this is a city that is desperate to have a team to rally behind.

Under manager A.J. Preller the Padres seem to be in a continuous rebuild. In the past few years, they have been able to bring in big-name players like Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer. It is safe to say that if the Padres don’t start winning games soon it may be a full house cleaning in San Diego. While the postseason would be nice for this team, a more realistic expectation would be a winning season. The Padres feel like a team that is solidly in the middle of the NL West.

Colorado Rockies

After a few good seasons for the Rockies, they struggled last season. They were able to escape last place in the NL West on the last game of the season, but that was quite the fall from there postseason appearances. The main struggle of the Rockies last season was there pitching. Kyle Freeland is a big key to rebounding from last season.

There is no hiding the fact that if this team fails to put together wins there will be some changes in the front office. I think that last year the Rockies just had a few bad beats that made the season a disappointing one. However, considering the fact that they made no major moves this offseason, I think that it will be hard for them to move up in the NL West.

San Francisco Giants

The Giants have really fallen since there three World Series wins to start the decade. But after last season it is officially confirmed that the championship era is over in San Francisco. This was even more confirmed with the departure of star pitcher Madison Bumgarner in the offseason. However, even though a new era is beginning, it is not all sad in the bay.

Even though this team is near the bottom of the NL West, this seems like only a temporary drawback. The Giants appear like they will try to rebuild this team from there farm system rather than try to sign big-name free agents. There may be a few rough years in San Fransisco, but I think that this team will be back in the postseason very soon.

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Chris Hogan

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