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NL West Report: Divisional headway from Rockune, Peavy might be out for the year

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The Rockies have been blasting through opponents like a Tornado (or a Tornadough?) the last 11 games, outscoring their foes 73-28 in that span.  It's a bit unfortunate that none of those games were intradivisional, but if there's any way to guarantee you'll make up some ground, it's to win every game.

Here's the standings as of Monday morning, before San Francisco plays the Angels tonight at 8:15 MDT:

NL West Standings

Los Angeles 42 22 .656 0 Won 2
San Francisco 34 28 .548 7 Won 3
Colorado 31 32 .492 10.5 Won 11
San Diego 28 34 .451 13 Lost 3
Arizona 27 37 .421 15 Lost 2

(updated 6.15.2009 at 3:25 PM MDT)

We're still a ways back, but an 11-game streak will put a dent in any deficit.  Here are the standings from June 3, immediately prior to the streak.

So in 11 games, we've made up the following on the divisional teams:

  • Los Angeles (5 games)
  • San Francisco (2.5 games)
  • San Diego (7 games)
  • Arizona (6.5 games)

If the teams continue as they have the last 11 games, even if we win another 11 straight, we'll still be in 3rd place.  This is why April and May do matter.  And that's why we have a 3.30% chance of winning the NL West.  I'd talk about the Wild Card, but well, this is the divisional report.


NL West Report

Arizona (27-37, 5th, L2, 15 GB)

Last Week: 0-1 @ Padres, 1-2 vs Giants, 1-2 vs Astros. A bad week makes the bad season worse.  Funny thing is, they're only 8 games off their Pythagorean pace for 2007.

This Week: 3 game road series @ Royals, 3 game road series @ Mariners

News:  Chris Young is having a horrible Atkins-like season.  AZSnakepit discusses what should be done with their CF.

Chris Young

#24 / Center Field / Arizona Diamondbacks





Sep 05, 1983

2009 - Chris Young .189 .248 .354

Jon Morosi of reported recently that the Diamondbacks are destined to be sellers at the trade deadline, with only Justin Upton, Max Scherzer and Dan Haren being untouchable.

Nick Piecoro of, who is closer to the team, refuted that proclamation last night, stating that we should not expect a trade and that Josh Byrnes may even add a player at the deadline. 

Scott Bordow at the East Valley Tribune believes it's time to trade Felipe Lopez, Jon Garland and Doug Davis, but Arizona may becontent to let them leave as free agents and just take the compensatory picks.

The D-Backs claimed relief pitcher Blaine Boyer off waivers from the Cardinals and optioned Daniel Schlereth to AA..

Mark Reynolds earned co-NL Player of the Week honors for last week, sharing it with our very own Huston Street.

Arizona had 7 picks in the top 64 in last week's draft, most in the majors.  Check out their top picks.  They bucked the trend and selected only 2 pitchers with their top 8 picks, the first coming at pick #45.

Arizona Diamondbacks Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Tom Gordon hamstring 05/04/2009
Yusmeiro Petit shoulder 05/09/2009
Conor Jackson pneumonia 05/12/2009
Chad Tracy oblique 05/30/2009
Tony Clark other-excused 05/06/2009

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Brandon Webb shoulder 04/07/2009

More on the rest of the division after the fold.

Los Angeles (42-22, 1st, W2)

Last Week: 1-1 vs Padres, 2-1 @ Rangers.  In case you are wondering, the Dodgers have lost just two series since Manny Ramirez was suspended, and one of them was their first series following the announcement.

This Week: 3 game home series vs Athletics, 3 game road series @ Angels.

News: Everyone knows all about TIm Lincecum and Dan Haren, but maybe Chad Billingsley is the best ace in the West.  Eric Stephen at TrueBlueLA looks at his stats over the last claendar year.  They are elite.

Chad Billingsley

#58 / Pitcher / Los Angeles Dodgers





Jul 29, 1984

2009 - Chad Billingsley 9-3 2.72 1.23 93 39

Despite convincingly being the best team in MLB and having the 3rd best NL offense, the Dodgers have zero position players projected to start the All-Star Game via fan voting.  Orlando Hudson is the only player even in the top 5 at his position; he's 2nd behind Chase Utley.  East Coast bias apparently also means no love for LA.

Popular owner Frank McCourt wasn't so popular with Andruw Jones, even though McCourt okayed the ludicrous contract Jones signed with the Dodgers.  Apparently, McCourt was the reason Jones wanted out.

Jayson Stark suggests the Dodgers may try to trade Juan Pierre when Manny Ramirez returns from is suspension.  It's unclear how much of Pierre's contract LA might have to eat.

LA didn't pick until #36, two picks after the Rockies selected their third player.  Their picks.

Los Angeles Dodgers Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Eric Milton back 06/06/2009
Will Ohman shoulder 05/28/2009
Eric Stults thumb 05/31/2009
Hong-Chih Kuo elbow 04/30/2009
Jason Schmidt shoulder 03/30/2009
Xavier Paul knee 05/21/2009

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Doug Mientkiewicz shoulder 04/17/2009


San Diego (28-34, 4th, L3, 13 GB)

Last Week: 1-0 vs Diamondbacks, 1-1 @ Dodgers, 0-3 @ Angels.  The Padres have failed to string together consecutive wins since May 27.  They are 5-12 in that span.

This Week: 3 game home series vs Mariners, 3 game home series vs Athletics.

News:  Hold your trade talk.  Another NL West ace is hurt and probably won't be going anywhere at the deadline.  Jake Peavy landed on the 15-day DL Friday due to an ankle injury and will be out a month, perhaps the rest of the season

Jake Peavy

#44 / Pitcher / San Diego Padres





May 31, 1981

Hindsight being 20/20, CBSSports' Scott Miller says the Padres screwed up by not accepting the Braves' offer in November.

The Padres' front office is looking to add a "big-name" international player once the international signing period starts July 2.

San Diego released IF Chris Burke this week.

The Pads selected Donavan Tate with the third pick in the draft Tuesday.  GM Kevin Towers talks about the draft.  I'd give you a list of their picks, but I'll just say that GasLampBall doesn't have one instead.

San Diego Padres Injuries


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Nick Hundley wrist 06/15/2009


Player Injury Type Injury Date
Jake Peavy ankle 06/09/2009
Shawn Hill elbow 04/26/2009
Scott Hairston biceps 06/03/2009
Luis Perdomo knee 06/08/2009

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Cha Seung Baek forearm 03/30/2009
Mark Worrell elbow 03/27/2009
Everth Cabrera hand 04/20/2009

San Francisco (34-28, 2nd, W3, 7 GB)

Last Week: 0-1 @  Marlins, 2-1 @ Diamondbacks, 3-0 vs Athletics.  Bruce Bochy's staff allowed just 17 runs in the 7 games last week.

This Week:  3 game home series vs Angels, 3 game home series vs Rangers

News: Henry Schulman at SFGate states the most obvious headline of the year:  The Giants need a power bat to contend.

Jonathan Sanchez

#57 / Pitcher / San Francisco Giants





Nov 19, 1982

2009 - Jonathan Sanchez 2-6 4.84 1.66 57 43

SI's Jon Heyman reports that Jonathan Sanchez is on the market, despite an apparent slip recently in his stuff.  Tom Verducci suggests that the Giants try to use Sanchez to net that power bat.  Maybe even Garrett Atkins.

Grant at McCoveyChronicles discusses the Giants' selection of Zach Wheeler over Tyler Matzek.  Matzek was Grant's #1 choice, but the Giants passed on his top three to select Wheeler.

And just because, here's a big Pablo Sandoval home run.

San Francisco Giants Injuries

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Noah Lowry ribs 03/27/2009
Joe Martinez concussion 04/10/2009