The NL West has four teams .500 or better and every one of those teams has players that are fun to watch.
The National League’s best record belongs to the LA Dodgers (16-7) who today change ownership and that potentially makes them even better. The Dodgers have a team ERA of 3.13 led by Ted Lilly (2-0, 0.90 ERA), Clayton Kershaw (2-0 1.78), Chris Capuano (3-0 2.73) and Chad Billingsley (2-1, 2.64). But the story of this MLB season is Matt Kemp. Here’s his story: .417 AVG/.490 OBP/.893 SLG, with 12 home runs, 16 extra-base hits, 24 runs scored, 25 RBI. Andre Ethier has 24 RBI.
The SF Giants are 12-10 with a team ERA 3.38, but have to be concerned with Tim Lincecum‘s start and his 5.74 ERA. On the other hand Barry Zito has a 1.67 in the the Bizarro world of the Giants. The team is hitting a decent .261 and it’s great to see Buster Posey at .353. Pablo Sandoval is hitting .311 and Melky Cabrera is hitting an even .300.
Arizona is 12-11 and at the plate they have been average. The NL and the D-backs team average are both .246. Chris Young is hitting .410 with five homers, but Paul Goldschmidt is only hitting .193. Ian Kennedy is 3-0 with a 3.38 ERA and Joe Saunders is 2-1 with a microscopic 0.90 ERA, Trevor Cahill has a 3.70 ERA, but the rest of the rotation is ugly.
The Rockies (11-11) are definitely a .500 team. They are 5-5 against teams .500 and above, 6-6 against teams below .500. They are 5-5 in their last 10 and 10-10 in their last 20. At 1-2 with a 3.14 ERA, Jamie Moyer has been the Rox best starter. Overall their starters have a 5.03 ERA. Their pen is at 3.84 which is an improvement. The Rockies have scored 113 times despite a not exciting .260 avg. Carlos Gonzalez seems to have regained his bat hitting .303 with four homers and 18 RBI. Cargo is one four Rockies with four homers.
The San Diego Padres are 7-17 and are hitting an NL worst .215. They have hit 11 homers, not as few as the Cubs who have hit nine, but not as many as Matt Kemp‘s 12. Their pitchers have walked 94 which is more than any staff in baseball and 51 more than the Cardinals. Cameron Maybin is hitting .188