CANTON,Ohio- The wild wild West. Well after looking over the rosters of the Dodgers, Padres, Diamondbacks, Rockies and Giants, I have decided that this division shouldn’t be even close. My order is from worst to first.
Last Place: San Diego Padres- Not a whole lot to write about with this team. I think the best thing that San Diego has going for them is their Outfield of Matt Kemp and Melvin Upton Jr.
FOURTH PLACE: The Colorado Rockies don’t have much talent to brag about which is why I’m not picking them to finish any higher than 4th. To be honest you could flip flop them with the Padres because that’s how bad I think the Rockies are.
THIRD PLACE: The Arizona Diamondbacks made a big splash in signing Zack Greinke so that should help out the starting pitching. A.J. Pollock is a quality center fielder and Paul Goldschmidt is one of the best first basemen in baseball. If some of the other position players step up I think they might be able to close the gap between them and the Giants and Dodgers.
SECOND: The Dodgers of Los Angeles. Some of you may be surprised that I picked them to finish second. They have a good pitching staff overall and will have power but I don’t think it’ll be enough to overtake San Francisco for first.
FIRST PLACE: Guess who? The San Francisco Giants. I really like their starting pitching a lot and I feel they have a really good outfield. Buster Posey is awesome behind the plate and in the batters box.
FINAL SUMMERY: Unless the Diamondbacks can overachieve a little and both the Rockies and Padres can be better by 5 more games then this division will be pretty predictable. And just for the record, I chose the Dodgers logo because Blue is my favorite color but that’s neither here nor there.
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Nick Broulis