The last weeks saw an explosion of offense for various NL West teams. The Rockies put 15 runs on the boards Saturday. The Dodgers scored 7+ runs in three consecutive wins for the first time in two years. The Giants scored 29 runs in a series in St. Louis. The Padres scored five runs twice in three days. Arizona won five straight in thanks to scoring 40 runs.
That kind of offensive production in the NL West is truly a strange sight. As much hand-wringing there has been about the Rockies' offense, they have scored th
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Six MLB teams have scored less than 207 runs in 2011 (~3.70 runs/game). Three of them are in the NL West. Two others are in the AL West. Minnesota represents the lone outlier. Other than Arizona, whose offense has been mediocre to slightly above average, there has been a complete absence of offense in the division.
Take the jump for news on all the teams.
NL West Report
Arizona (31-26, 2nd, L1, 0.5 GB)
Last Week: 5-2. 3-0 @ Astros. 2-1 vs. Marlins. 0-1 vs. Nationals.
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Divisional Change: Gained 1.0 games on first place San Francisco. They actually were in first place from Sunday through Thursday.
Armando Gallaraga threw that "perfect game" a year ago yesterday. This year, Gallaraga is begrudgingly in AAA Reno. He accepted a minor league assignment after passing through waivers, apparently just for money.
Huston Street was NL's relief pitcher of the month in April. That award went to JJ Putz in May. He went 11-for-11 in save situations and allowed 0 ER in 13 IP in May. So of course he blew his first save of the season on June 1 on a John Buck home run.
#40 / Pitcher / Arizona Diamondbacks
Feb 22, 1977
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SS Francisco Lindor held a private workout for the Diamondbacks yesterday. Lindor is a likely top ten pick in Monday's draft.
Tim Dierkes wrote about what might happen if the Diamondbacks become buyers.
Tracy Ringolsby wrote a very congratulatory piece on Arizona and Kevin Towers. It's a little early, in my opinion, to laud the new process based on a couple strong weeks.
Injuries: Activated Zach Duke from the 15-day DL. An MRI on Juan Gutierrez found no tears.
Arizona Diamondbacks Injuries
Los Angeles (26-31, 4th, L1, 5.5 GB)
Last Week: 4-2. 2-1 vs. Marlins. 2-1 vs. Rockies.
You Should Know: The Dodgers' offense woke up and scored 7+ runs in three consecutive wins for the first time since getting Clint Hurdle fired.
Divisional Change: Gained one half game on first place San Francisco.
News: Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier are due to become free agents after 2012. Jon Heyman wrote that the Dodgers have had "unofficial conversations" into locking up Ethier and Kemp long term.
Jerry Sands struggled at first, but Sands has started to become a fan favorite with a recent surge.
#47 / Left Field / Los Angeles Dodgers
Sep 28, 1987
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Vicente Padilla is due to return today, so you can guardedly pick him up in fantasy if you needs saves.
The Dodgers are reportedly targeting power high school pitchers in the first round of Monday's draft. That shouldn't be a shock, considering that is what they have chosen in six of their last nine years. Chad Billingsley, Clayton Kershaw and Scott Elbert have worked out to varying degrees and are on the major league roster. Their top prospect - Zach Lee - was also a top prep arm in last year's draft.
Don Mattingly feels like he has learned a lot in his first year as an MLB manager.
Transactions: Optioned UT Russ Mitchell to AAA Albuquerque (5/27). Called up RHP Josh Lindblom and DFA'd Travis Schlichting (5/29).Released RHP Lance Cormier (5/31).
Injuries: Activated 3B Casey Blake from 15-day DL (5/27). Placed RHP Kenley Jansen on the 15-day DL with shoulder inflammation (5/29).
Los Angeles Dodgers Injuries
San Diego (24-33, 5th, L2, 7.5 GB)
Last Week: 4-3. 2-1 @ Nationals. 2-1 @ Braves. 0-1 vs. Astros.
You Should Know: So much for being built to succeed at PetCo Park. The Padres are a shocking 9-21 at home, 15-12 on the road. No other MLB team has lost more than 19 home contests.
Divisional Change: No change
This Week: Games 2-4 of a 4 game home series vs. Astros. 3 game home series vs. Rockies. Game 1 of 4 game home series vs. Nationals.
News: Absent a closer, the Cardinals have inquired about Heath Bell. San Diego has also been called about Mike Adams and Luke Gergerson claims Ken Rosenthal, but as Jayson Stark wrote, the Padres are not motivated to move Mike Adams or any player under contract for next season. Ryan Ludwick and Chad Qualls figure to be trade bait though.
San Francisco (31-25, 1st, W2)
You Should Know: The Giants scored 7 runs or more in three of their four games in St. Louis. They had scored 7+ runs in just five games coming into that series.
Divisional Change: Lost one game off their lead in the division.
This Week: 3 game home series vs. Rockies. 3 game home series vs. Nationals. Game 1 of a 4 game home serires vs. Reds.
"If I never hear from Cousins again or he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we'll all be happy. ... He chose to be a hero in my mind, and if that's his flash of fame, that's as good as it's going to get, pal. We'll have a long memory. Believe me, we've talked to (former catcher Mike) Matheny about how this game works. You can't be that out-and-out overly aggressive. I'll put it as politically as I can state it: There's no love lost and there shouldn't be."
Even if you disagree with his position, you can at least understand his passion for his position. There's nothing wrong with that, unless he was startling inconsistent. As Baseball Prospectus' Larry Granillo pointed out, Sabean and the Giants have been very vocal in their support of home plate collisions in the past. There were no complaints when Pablo Sandoval bowled over Ryan Doumit, or when Nate Schierholtz ran into China's Yang Yang, when J.T. Snow collided with Ivan Rodriguez, or even when Prince Fielder blew up then-Giants catcher Todd Greene. I suppose the inconsistency shouldn't be shocking, but the level of vitriol from Sabean was surprising. Ken Rosenthal opined that Sabean crossed the line.
#22 / Catcher / San Francisco Giants
Oct 22, 1979
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For now, the Giants are not pursuing another catcher, instead content to give veteran Eli Whiteside a shot at the full-time gig.
Transactions: Optioned LHP Dan Runzler to AAA Fresno (5/29). Lost IF Ryan Rohlinger on waivers to Colorado (6/2).
Injuries: Activated RHP Santiago Casilla from the 15-day DL. 1B Brandon Belt is day-to-day with a bruised wrist. C Buster Posey underwent ankle surgery 5/29. 3B Pablo Sandoval is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment tonight. LHP Barry Zito threw 75 pitches in a game in extended Wednesday. UT Mark DeRosa began a rehab assignment Wednesday instead of pursuing surgery.