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NL West Update: 5/19-5/25

As May wraps up this upcoming week, the San Francisco Giants hold the best record in the Major Leagues. At 32-18, the Giants have a nice five-game lead in the National League West. Though the Colorado Rockies are in second place, five games back, they have continuously put up monstrous offensive numbers in the 2014 season. Here is a look at how each team in the division fared over the past week.

1. San Francisco Giants (32-18, 4-1 this week)

The Giants got the week rolling on Tuesday in Colorado against the Rockies, dropping the series opener 5-4 on a walk-off double by Colorado’s Nolan Arenado. San Francisco bounced back with a 5-1 win on Wednesday, which was led by home runs from both Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval. In a 2-2 tie on Thursday, the game was suspended in the sixth inning due to weather. The Giants then came back to the bay for a weekend series with the Minnesota Twins, they swept the Twins by outscoring them by a combined 16-4.

Player of the Week- Hunter Pence (8-19, 3 HR, 5 RBI)

2. Colorado Rockies (27-23, 2-3 this week)

Colorado started the week off on the right note, beating the division-leading Giants on a walk-off double by Nolan Arenado. They then went on to lose Wednesday night before Thursday night’s game was suspended in the sixth inning. The Rockies traveled to Atlanta for a weekend series with the Braves, dropping Friday night’s contest by a score of 3-2, with the winning run coming in the eighth inning on a RBI single by Gerald Laird. Colorado followed with a 3-1 win on Saturday, keyed by home runs from Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer. The win came with some bad news, however, when the team announced that Nolan Arenado was to be placed on the disabled list with a hand injury. They wrapped up the series on Sunday with a 7-0 loss, falling victim to a two-home run day by Evan Gattis.

Player of the Week- Michael Cuddyer (8-24, 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI)

3. Los Angeles Dodgers (27-24, 4-2 this week)

The Dodgers opened up the week by winning two of three against the New York Mets, propelled by the bats of Yasiel Puig, Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, and Carl Crawford. Los Angeles then moved on to Philadelphia for a weekend in the City of Brotherly Love, which turned out to be a good weekend for the Dodgers. They notched a win in game one on Friday night, helped by Yasiel Puig’s three hits and Carl Crawford’s fourth home run of the year. The Phillies took game two on Saturday, but the Dodgers came back with a 6-0 win on Sunday, with Josh Beckett throwing the first no-hitter of the 2014 season to cap off a successful week for the Dodgers.

Player of the Week- Josh Beckett (No-hitter on Sunday @PHI)

4. San Diego Padres (23-28, 2-4 this week)

With the news of Andrew Cashner landing on the disabled list, one of the only bright spots for the Padres has disappeared for a while, as San Diego continues to struggle. They were swept in a two-game series against the Minnesota Twins early in the week, before hosting the Chicago Cubs for a four-game series over the weekend. Despite Seth Smith’s sixth home run of the year on Thursday night, the Padres lost their fourth straight. They responded with an 11-1 win on Friday, backed by big nights from Yonder Alonso, Jedd Gyorko, Cameron Maybin, and Chase Headley. The Padres then fell on Saturday before earning the series split on Sunday with a 4-3 win, highlighted by a four-run sixth inning.

Player of the Week- Chase Headley (6-21, 2 2B, 4 RBI)

5. Arizona Diamondbacks (20-32, 2-4 this week)

The Arizona Diamondbacks continued their struggles this week, which started by getting swept by the St. Louis Cardinals, while scoring just four runs in the three games. After being rained out on Friday night, the D-Backs picked up a win on Saturday over the New York Mets, helped by the bats of Martin Prado and Gerardo Parra. Arizona then split the doubleheader on Sunday, finishing up a rough week with a loss in the second half of the doubleheader.

Player of the Week- Bronson Arroyo (6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER in no-decision on Sunday @NYM)

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