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Dodgers Projected To Beat Win NL West Crown Once Again

Posted by on 3/13/2015 10:11:03 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers posted the second-best win total in the National League a year ago when they went 94-68 and finished six games ahead of the San Francisco Giants with the best record in the National League West. The Giants went on to have the last laugh as a Wild Card team and the eventual World Series champions but looking forward to 2015 it’s the Dodgers that are projected to win their division once again. Here is a quick look at what to expect in the NL West this season.

The Favorite

Los Angeles Dodgers -200

Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in baseball and as if that’s not scary enough for the rest of the NL West they will also have to deal with Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu in one of baseball’s most dominant destinations. Yasiel Puig should do better than the five home runs he his over his last 132 games and with Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford hitting behind him this team should have more than enough offense to compliment a dominant pitching staff and get the job done in the NL West once again.

Next In Line

San Francisco Giants +350

Some feel the defending World Series champions aren’t getting enough respect but four of their regular pitchers are 35 or older and the Giants have missed the playoffs the year after each of their two most recent titles. Madison Bumgarner has proven how dominant he can be on the biggest stage but considering this team couldn’t win the NL West a year ago it’s unlikely their road to another playoff appearance is likely to be anything more than another Wild Card spot if they can stay healthy and continue to get dominant pitching.

San Diego Padres +350

The Padres will be the most improved NL West team in 2015 after opening up the checkbook to sign James Shields, Will Myers, Matt Kemp and Justin Upton among others and whether or not it’s enough to catch the Dodgers and Giants will be an interesting storyline to follow this season. San Diego’s depth isn’t very strong and a number of key players on their roster have had their troubles with injuries over the years so until they prove they can compete with the big boys there is no way to have them listed higher than either Los Angeles or San Francisco.

At Least A Year Away

Arizona Diamondbacks +3300

Paul Goldschmidt absolutely has to stay healthy and Mark Trumbo will contribute but even if everything goes according to plan in the desert they likely won’t compete for a playoff spot. The key is to continue to gradually build from within and it will take significant upgrades across the board including the starting rotation in particular before the Diamondbacks will be considered legitimate playoff contenders.

Colorado Rockies +5000

Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Charlie Blackmon comprise the heart of what should be an impressive offense if they can stay healthy in Colorado and the rotation has some pieces but the bullpen is lacking and the offensive depth isn’t good enough to consistently get the job done away from home. The hitting numbers should keep Rockies fans coming back to the ballpark but don’t expect them to compete for a playoff spot until they improve their depth across the board.

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