Dodgers: NL West week in review May 15 through May 21
Arizona Diamondbacks (26-19) 2.0
The Diamondbacks were the lone team to gain a game on the first-place Rockies and only suffered one loss in six games. The Diamondbacks were able to sweep the New York Mets at home and took two out of three on the road in San Diego. The team is 7-3 in his last ten games and has tied the Dodgers for second place in the division.
The Diamondbacks own a respectable +47 run differential, but still short of the Dodgers’ league-leading + 64 run differential. This Dbacks club is finally playing to their capabilities and has emerged as a serious threat to the Dodgers moving forward this season.
This week they were led by NL Player of the Week, Jake Lamb who hit .412 with four home runs and 10 RBI in six games. The recent production of Lamb and Goldschmidt in the middle of the lineup has led to a good righty-lefty- combo and has accumulated a league-leading 70 RBI on the season between the two.
Their pitching has been solid on the season, and Zack Greinke has had an excellent bounce-back season and has won four of his last five starts with a 2.94 ERA in that span. The recent emergence of Zack Godley has been a nice touch to the year for Torey Lovullo. Lovullo and Dbacks fans should be pleased with what they see from their team early in the year, and Dodger fans better keep an eye on this club moving forward.
The team did place Taijuan Walker on the 10-day DL with a blister on his throwing hand, but the team doesn’t think this will linger longer than the minimum DL stint. But as Dodger fans, we all heard that blister story one too many times this season.
The team was having a perfect week up until Sunday afternoon. They’re playing some good baseball right now and have done so without AJ Pollock. With the recent play of Chis Owings and Brandon Drury, their lineup could compete with the best of them in a slugfest, which is bad news for all teams in the NL.