The National League West is home to arguably the most loaded team in baseball, and yes that is a pun.
Here is how I predict the NL West will look at the end of the 2014 season:2014 NL West Predictions
|*Los Angeles Dodgers||91||71|
|San Francisco Giants||83||79|
|San Diego Padres||82||80|
*Division winner – **Wild Card
Los Angeles Dodgers – Admittedly, I am still drooling over the Dodgers 46-10 run from last season, but you be hard pressed to find many not picking LA to win the NL West. It is a no-brainer. The Dodgers arguably have the best starting rotations in baseball lead by the duo Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, backed by a solid bullpen. And the offense is tops as well, with Yasiel Puig making a case for NL MVP. This division is the Dodgers to lose in 2014.
Arizona Diamondbacks – But don’t overlook my sleeper pick this season in Arizona. The Diamondbacks improved offensively, and made their bullpen stellar, which will give them the edge over opponents in close games. The chip on their shoulders following last season, scrappy play and home to the MVP NL Paul Goldschidmt adds up to the D-Backs being primed to win one of the Wild Card berths. Arizona will be the Baltimore of the West in 2014.
San Francisco Giants – Now over in San Francisco, the Giants will seem competitive, and could very well be leading the NL West come the All-Star break. But the second half will prove too much, and inevitably will expose the Giants shortcomings.
San Diego Padres – As for the bottom two, I see the Padres being a .500 team as this young team gained momentum at the end of last season.
Colorado Rockies – The Rockies know that no team can survive in the NL without starting pitching, and 2014 will certainly reaffirm that in the Mile High City.
Agree or disagree?