The Los Angeles Dodgers are learning first hand what can happen if injury luck doesn't go your way. They're also learning about the benefits of having a $272 million payroll, the highest in the history of the sport.
The injury list got substantially larger for the club this week as they lost starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy to Tommy John surgery, temporary closer Joel Peralta to arm soreness, and starting outfielders Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford to hamstring and oblique injuries, respectively. Add them to the group of key contributors who were already injured, most notably pitchers Kenley Jansen and Hyun-Jin Ryu, and it becomes apparent that the depth will be tested early for the team.
Thus far, the Dodgers have been able to weather the storm. They went 4-3 this week and increased their lead over the rest of the the division to two games. Here's a look at how the rest of the NL West fared this week:
Arizona Diamondbacks (10-11, 3 GB)
The week that was: After a rough start, the Diamondbacks came on strong at the end of the week. The club was swept in three games at home by the Pittsburgh Pirates and lost the first game at home to the Colorado Rockies before winning the final two games of the series convincingly.
Upcoming schedule: A six-game road trip looms for Arizona next week. They'll travel to Dodger Stadium for three and then head to Denver for three more games against the Rockies.
Disabled list: RHP Bronson Arroyo (60-day, Tommy John surgery), RHP Archie Bradley (15-day, sinus fracture), LHP Patrick Corbin (15-day, Tommy John surgery), RHP David Hernandez (15-day, Tommy John surgery), C Oscar Hernandez (15-day, hand), C Gerald Laird (60-day, back), 3B Jake Lamb (15-day, foot), RHP Matthew Stites (15-day, arm soreness)
Player of the week: Mark Trumbo
Trumbo showed off his power bat this week. He had three doubles, a triple, and a home run in 22 PA on his way to an impressive .400/.455/.800 slash line, good for 236 wRC+.
Colorado Rockies (11-10, 2 GB)
The week that was: The Rockies won the final game of their home series against the San Diego Padres, split a pair of home games against the San Francisco Giants before having game three rained out, then traveled to Arizona where they lost two out of three at the hands of the Diamondbacks.
Upcoming schedule: Up next, the Rockies head to Petco Park for a three-game series with the Padres, then come home to host three more against the Diamondbacks.
Disabled list: RHP Tyler Chatwood (60-day, Tommy John surgery), IF Charlie Culberson (60-day, lumbar disc), RHP LaTroy Hawkins (15-day, biceps), RHP Adam Ottavino (15-day, triceps)
Player of the week: Justin Morneau
After a few weeks when every ball seemed to be hit right at someone, Morneau finally had some hits fall for him last week. In 23 PA, he had two doubles, a home run, and a slash line of .474/.522/.714.
Los Angeles Dodgers (13-8, 0 GB)
The week that was: The division-leading Dodgers dropped the final game against the Giants in San Francisco, took two out of three in San Diego against the Padres, then came home and won two more in a three-game series with the Giants.
Upcoming schedule: Next on the docket for the Dodgers are three games at home against the Diamondbacks. They will then head out on the road for a four-game set against the reeling Milwaukee Brewers.
Disabled list: RHP Brandon Beachy (60-day, Tommy John surgery), OF Carl Crawford (15-day, oblique), RHP Kenley Jansen (15-day, foot), RHP Brandon League (60-day, shoulder), RHP Brandon McCarthy (60-day, Tommy John surgery), RHP Joel Peralta (15-day, arm), OF Yasiel Puig (15-day, hamstring), LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (15-day, shoulder), RHP Chris Withrow (60-day, Tommy John surgery)
Player of the week: Joc Pederson
Last week was the best week of Pederson's young career. He posted a 224 wRC+, hit two home runs and drove in four on his way to a .313/.478/.750 slash line.
San Diego Padres (11-12, 3 GB)
The week that was: It was not a fun week for the Padres. They lost the finale of a four-game series against the Rockies before coming home where they lost two out of three against the Dodgers and were swept in three games by the Houston Astros.
Upcoming schedule: Next week, the Padres will stay in the division as they attempt to right the ship. First, they'll host the Rockies for three games, then the club will travel to AT&T park for a three-game set against the Giants.
Disabled list: C Tim Federowicz (60-day, back), RHP Josh Johnson (15-day, Tommy John surgery), RHP Shawn Kelley (15-day, calf), LHP Cory Luebke (60-day, Tommy John surgery), OF Melvin Upton (15-day, foot)
Player of the week: Andrew Cashner
A rough week for the Padres left them without many strong candidates for player of the week. In two starts last week, Cashner threw 14 innings with a 2.57 ERA, 16 strikeouts, and just two walks.
San Francisco Giants (9-13, 4½ GB)
The week that was: San Francisco continues to bring up the rear in the NL West and was unable to gain any ground this week. They won the final game of a home series against the Dodgers, split a pair at Coors Field against the Rockies before game three was rained out, and lost two out of three at Dodger Stadium.
Upcoming schedule: The defending World Series champions will return home next week as they try to right the ship. They host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for three games, then welcome the Padres to town for three more.
Disabled list: RHP Matt Cain (15-day, flexor tendon), RHP Erik Cordier (15-day, forearm), 1B Travis Ishikawa (15-day, back), RHP Jake Peavy (15-day, back), OF Hunter Pence (15-day, forearm)
Player of the week: Brandon Belt
Belt was a machine last week, reaching base in more than half of his plate appearances on his way to a 198 wRC+. In 19 PA, he slashed .400/.526/.533 with a pair of doubles.