MLB Preview: NL West

MLB Preview: NL West

After Adrian Gonzalez’s historic night of Three Solo-Homers, what a great time to preview his Dodgers and the NL West.

The Dodgers won the division last year with a record of 94-68, and I’m expecting more of the same in 2015. With the best pitcher in baseball right now in Clayton Kershaw at the top of their rotation, it’s hard to not believe in Los Angeles. Kershaw had the season of a lifetime in 2014, finishing with an incredible 21-3 record. Along with Kershaw, the Dodgers have another great ace right behind him in Zack Greinke. The two pitchers had a combined record of 38-11 with a total ERA of 2.24. This pitching combo is without a question the most dangerous in baseball today. When you take a glance at the Dodgers lineup, you notice a few key players, one being Right fielder  Yasiel Puig. Puig lead the team with a .296 batting average in 2014 to go along with 16 homers, 69 RBI, and an incredible 9 triples. Another player to keep your eyes on is Adrian Gonzalez. Gonzalez is already off to a great start with 5 home runs in just three games this season. Recapping from last season, he lead the team in both home runs (27) and RBI (116). Now when you look at the Dodgers depth chart, you notice that centerfield is occupied by a new player. That new centerfielder is Joc Pederson, as he is filling the role due to Matt Kemp to the padres in the off-season. Other than the departure of Kemp, this is a team full of superstars who are looking to repeat as division champs and make a run at the World Series.

Second place in the NL West is totally up for grabs, but I think that the Rockies are going to be that Cinderella team this season. Why the Rockies? Well, when you look at the rest of the NL West, they are all evenly matched teams. This is also a team full of underrated talent who demands attention. When you scroll through their lineup, one player you see back at Short Stop is Troy Tulowitzki. The lifetime Rocky played just 91 games in 2014, but still managed to hit 21 home runs. “Tulo” is an All-Star talent and if he manages to stay healthy, he’ll be the unquestioned leader of this group. The Rockies also have a great young outfielder in Corey Dickerson, who batted .312 and accounted for 24 homers and 76 RBI in 2014. Carlos Gonzalez, who also missed a lot of 2014 (playing just 70 games) is back in right field as well. With Dickerson and Gonzalez playing in opposite fields, along with Charlie Blackmon in Center and Tulowitzki leading the way at Short Stop, this is a lineup poised to lead the way for the Rockies.

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