MLB Divisional Previews: A Whole New Story for the NL West

This is the first of six divisional previews from Impact 89FM, stay tuned for the rest of the previews throughout the opening week of the MLB season.

The National League West Division is expected to be a three-team race between the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Arizona Diamondbacks – all of which made multiple moves in the offseason.

Impact’s Zachary Swiecicki, Zach Barnes, and Will Thiede give their take on the top-heavy NL West. They also discuss the effect of Arizona’s All-Star center fielder A.J. Pollock fracturing his right elbow the weekend before Opening Day. 

      MLB NL west preview (1-6)

By the end of the 2015 MLB season, the NL West was not close. The Dodgers ran away with the division, leaving the Giants at a distant second place (eight games back)…and no where close to a Wild Card spot (six games behind the Mets).

Team W L W-L% GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 92 70 0.568
San Francisco Giants 84 78 0.519 8.0
Arizona Diamondbacks 79 83 0.488 13.0
San Diego Padres 74 88 0.457 18.0
Colorado Rockies 68 94 0.420 24.0

This season is a different story. The three teams at the top will all be competing for a chance at the playoffs.

Our 2016 NL West Projected Standings:

*National League Lineups will be not include the pitcher’s spot*

1. San Francisco Giants


1 Madison Bumgarner
2 Johnny Cueto
3 Jeff Samardzija
4 Jake Peavy
5 Matt Cain

Opening Day Lineup

CF Denard Span
2B Joe Panik
C Buster Posey
RF Hunter Pence
1B Brandon Belt
3B Matt Duffy
SS Brandon Crawford
LF Angel Pagan

2. Los Angeles Dodgers


1 Clayton Kershaw
2 Scott Kazmir
3 Kenta Maeda
4 Alex Wood
5 Ross Stripling

Opening Day Lineup

2B Chase Utley
SS Corey Seager
3B Jacob Turner
1B Adrian Gonzalez
RF Yasiel Puig
LF Carl Crawford
CF Joc Pederson
C A.J. Ellis

3. Arizona Diamondbacks


1 Zack Greinke
2 Shelby Miller
3 Patrick Corbin
4 Rubby De La Rosa
5 Robbie Ray

Opening Day Lineup

2B Jean Segura
CF Chris Owings
1B Paul Goldschmidt
C Welington Castillo
RF David Peralta
LF Yasmany Tomas
3B Jake Lamb
SS Nick Ahmed

4. Colorado Rockies


1 Jorge De La Rosa
2 Chad Bettis
3 Tyler Chatwood
4 Jordan Lyles
5 Christian Bergman

Opening Day Lineup

CF Charlie Blackmon
SS Trevor Story
RF Carlos Gonzalez
3B Nolan Arenado
LF Gerardo Parra
1B Mark Reynolds
C Nick Hundley
2B DJ LeMahieu

5. San Diego Padres


1 Tyson Ross
2 James Shields
3 Andrew Cashner
4 Drew Pomeranz
5 Colin Rea

Opening Day Lineup

CF Jon Jay
C Derek Norris
RF Matt Kemp
1B Wil Myers
SS Alexei Ramirez
3B Yangervis Solarte
LF Melvin Upton Jr.
2B Cory Spangenberg