NL West Report: Giants return to first place as Dodgers struggle

Ezra Shaw

With a 5-1 record this week, the Giants have returned to first place in the NL West as the Dodgers won just two of their five games in the last seven days.

After leading the division at last check, the Dodgers won just two games this week and fell down to third place behind the Giants and Rockies who both had solid weeks. San Francisco now leads Colorado by half a game with LA a game and a half back, with the Padres and Diamondbacks slipping further behind the division leaders. Here's how each team fared this week:

Arizona Diamondbacks (8-22, 9.5 GB)

The Week that Was: Arizona went 3-4 last week, winning a pair of games on the road against the Cubs before returning to Chase Field and extending their winning streak to three with a win over the Phillies before losing the last two games of the series to the NL East foe and dropping a pair of games games to the Rockies.

The Week to Come: The Diamondbacks will try to salvage a game against the Rockies today before embarking on a nine-game road trip which begins in San Diego and then will take them to Milwaukee to face the Brewers.

Disabled List: LHP Matt Reynolds (15-day, torn UCL), RHP Daniel Hudson (15-day, torn UCL), RHP David Hernandez (60-day, torn UCL), LHP Patrick Corbin (60-day, torn UCL), OF Mark Trumbo (15-day, foot)

Player of the Week: Aaron Hill
The Arizona second baseman was 11-for-25 (.440) in the last week, with four doubles, a triple and a home run. He also walked four times and struck out just twice. The hot week broke Hill out of a big slump, as even with his big numbers in the last seven games, he is hitting just .259 with a .746 OPS for the season.

Los Angeles Dodgers (14-12, 1.5 GB)

The Week that Was: Thanks to an off day and a rainout, the Dodgers played just five games this week, going 2-3. They split a pair against the Phillies and dropped two of three to the Rockies, all at Dodger Stadium. The uneven week dropped them out of first place and behind the Giants and Rockies.

The Week to Come: The Dodgers will kick off a nine-game road trip today with a doubleheader in Minnesota, they will then close the series with the Twins tomorrow before traveling to Miami to take on the Marlins.

Disabled List: RHP Chad Billingsley (15-day, torn UCL), LHP Scott Elbert (60-day, torn UCL), C A.J. Ellis (15-day, knee), LHP Clayton Kershaw (15-day, back)

Player of the Week: Adrian Gonzalez
Gonzalez went 7-for-16 (.438) in Los Angeles' five games this week with a double and three home runs, giving him eight on the season which sees him tied with Miami's Giancarlo Stanton for the league lead. He also walked twice and struck out twice over the course of the week. With Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp struggling, Gonzalez has been key to the LA offense in April.

San Diego Padres (13-15, 3.5 GB)

The Week that Was: The Padres had an up-and-down week with seven road games, winning three of them. They lost their series finale in Milwaukee before traveling to Washington and splitting a four-game set with the Nationals. San Diego then returned to the west coast and split their first two games against the Giants.

The Week to Come: San Diego will return to Petco Park after today's game against the Giants, starting a 10-game homestand with a pair of three-game series against the Diamondbacks and Royals.

Disabled List: 3B Chase Headley (15-day, calf), RHP Josh Johnson (15-day, forearm), RHP Casey Kelly (15-day, torn UCL), LHP Cory Luebke (60-day, torn UCL), OF Carlos Quentin (15-day, knee), RHP Joe Wieland (15-day, elbow)

Player of the Week: Huston Street
Street saved all three of the Padres' wins this week, allowing just two hits in three innings. He didn't walk anyone and struck out four. The solid weeks brings Street's ERA to just 0.82 this season, as he has allowed just one run in 11 innings, walking two and striking out 14. He has also saved 10 of San Diego's 13 wins in 2014.

San Francisco Giants (16-11, 0 GB)

The Week that Was: The Giants took advantage of their rivals' stumble with a 5-1 week that propelled them back to the top of the NL West. They started the week by salvaging a win in their series finale against the Rockies at Coors Field before returning home to sweep the Indians over three games and split the first two of a series with the Padres.

The Week to Come: San Francisco will close its series and homestand against the Padres today before heading on the road for a tough 10-game trip that will have them facing three 2013 playoff teams, starting with the Braves and Pirates.

Disabled List: LHP David Huff (15-day, quad), 2B Marco Scutaro (15-day, back)

Player of the Week: Michael Morse
Morse continued his hot start with an 8-for-19 (.421) week, hitting three home runs and driving in eight. Morse has been everything the Giants wanted him to be this season, with an OPS of .926 in his first 86 at bats, with six home runs and 19 runs driven in, though he has walked just five times.

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