The NL West now looks like most people expected it to at the start of the season, with the Dodgers on top of the division. However, there is a tight, four-way race for that spot, with the Rockies, Giants and Padres all hot on LA's heels.
San Francisco, who was leading the division a week ago, has seen a total power outage, scoring just 10 runs in its last six games. The Padres have been similarly bad offensively this week, scoring just 14 runs in their six contests. The struggles offensively for those two teams has allowed the Rockies to climb into second, just a half game behind the Dodgers, who they face this weekend.
As for the fifth team in the division, things continue to go wrong in Arizona, where the Diamondbacks are 5-18 and inspiring quotes like these from their players.
Eric Chavez on DBacks, now an MLB-worst 5-18: "I’ve never seen anything like it, to be honest with you."— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 23, 2014
More Eric Chavez on DBacks: "I’ve been on teams that weren’t very good, but at least I felt like we were competitive . . . "— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 23, 2014
Brandon McCarthy made similar remarks, saying bad teams typically have some positivity and rays of hope. "This is different," he said.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 23, 2014
That is definitely not a good sign for the Diamondbacks' chances this season, nor do they bode well for manager Kirk Gibson and GM Kevin Towers. We may have a 2012 Rockies (or worse) situation on our hands in Arizona this season.