The Arizona Diamondbacks went 3-4 this week, dropping to 15-18 on the season and falling seven games behind the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. FanGraphs now projects them to finish the season at 74-88 and gives them just a 2.8% chance to make the playoffs. On the heels of their abysmal 64-98 season last year, it's been a rough go of it recently for the club. It has also overshadowed the performance of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who has been one of the National League's best players over the last three seasons.
Since the start of the 2013 season, Goldschmidt owns an insane 160 wRC+ across 1,333 PA, five points better than the next best hitter in the NL. His 12.3 fWAR during that same time frame trails just Andrew McCutchen (15.6), Carlos Gomez (13.3), and Matt Carpenter (12.5) and his 6.1 fWAR/150 has been bettered by only Andrew McCutchen (7.0), Troy Tulowitzki (6.6), and Carlos Gomez (6.4). It has been more of the same so far in 2015, as Goldschmidt's 193 wRC+ trails only Adrian Gonzalez (203) and Bryce Harper (194) in the NL.
Goldschmidt is also under an extremely team-friendly contract, as the Diamondbacks owe him just $43.1 million from now to the end of his contract in 2019 (assuming they pick up his $14.5 million team option for the 2019 season). It hasn't happened yet, but that contract should give the Diamondbacks the financial flexibility to put a very competitive team on the field with Goldschmidt as the center piece. Here's how the rest of the NL West fared this week.
Arizona Diamondbacks (15-18, 7 GB)
The week that was: The Diamondbacks split four games at home against the San Diego Padres, then lost two out of three as they welcomed the Washington Nationals to town.
Upcoming schedule: It's more action against the NL East for Arizona. They'll travel to Citizens Bank Park for three against the Philadelphia Phillies before heading south for a four-game set with the Miami Marlins.
Disabled list: RHP Bronson Arroyo (60-day, Tommy John surgery), RHP Archie Bradley (15-day, sinus fracture), LHP Patrick Corbin (60-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: Paul Goldschmidt
Goldy takes home player of the week for the second week in a row after mashing to the tune of .381/.536/.857 in 28 PA, a 252 wRC+. He had two doubles, a triple, two home runs, four RBI, and a whopping eight runs scored this week.
Colorado Rockies (11-19, 9½ GB)
The week that was: More sadness for the Rockies this week. They lost two against both the Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels in their second consecutive week without a win. They haven't won a game since way back on April 27.
Upcoming schedule: It will remain a Los Angeles theme for the Rockies as they play four in Dodger Stadium before coming home for four more against the Phillies.
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, Tommy John surgery)
Player of the week: Christian Bergman
It's really tough to find a player of the week for a team that didn't win a game. It'll go to Bergman, who allowed just one run in 7⅓ innings in two relief appearances. He's been great in that role for the Rockies this season.
Los Angeles Dodgers (22-11, 0 GB)
The week that was: The Dodgers took the last game in a four-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers, won both games in Coors Field against the Rockies, and took two out of three at home against the Marlins.
Upcoming schedule: Next week, the club will host the Rockies for four more at home before heading to San Francisco for three against the rival Giants.
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 (60-day, shoulder), RHP Chris Withrow (60-day, Tommy John surgery)
Player of the week: Yasmani Grandal
Lots of worthy candidates this week, but Grandal edges them all thanks to a ridiculous .467/.591/.867 slash line across 22 PA, good for a 276 wRC+. Grandal also homered twice and drove in 11 runs in just five games.
San Diego Padres (18-17, 5 GB)
The week that was: The Padres continue to tread water after another average week. They went 3-3 in six games on the road, splitting four games against the Diamondbacks and two more against the Seattle Mariners.
Upcoming schedule: It's back home next week where the Padres will host the Nationals for four and the Chicago Cubs for three more.
Disabled list: 1B Yonder Alonso (15-day, shoulder), C Tim Federowicz (60-day, back), RHP Josh Johnson (15-day, Tommy John surgery), LHP Cory Luebke (60-day, Tommy John surgery), RHP Brandon Morrow (15-day, shoulder), OF Melvin Upton (15-day, foot)
Player of the week: Will Venable
The outfielder had himself a strong week, slashing .471/.550/.765 in 20 PA. It was his most extensive action of the season and it raised his wRC+ to a very solid 124 in 50 PA.
San Francisco Giants (17-17, 5½ GB)
The week that was: Similar to the Padres, the Giants went 3-3 this week. They split four at home against the Marlins and two on the road with the Houston Astros.
Upcoming schedule: The Giants will travel out to Cincinnati to play four against the Reds, then host the division-leading Dodgers for three games.
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: Chris Heston
The rookie Heston made the most of his one start this week, allowing just a run on two hits in a complete game victory over the Astros. He struck out 10 without walking a batter as he lowered his ERA to 2.91 on the year.