The NL West was supposed to be a race between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers. No one saw the San Francisco Giants as legitimate contenders to start the season. Yet, the Giants are 1.5 games above the Dodgers in the division and some believe the Giants can hold onto their lead. Others still believe the Dodgers will win the division and surpass the Giants in the month of September.
It’s going to be a fun race. The Giants have more depth on their roster at this time. However, they just had to place Alex Wood and Johnny Cueto on the injured list and will have to shuffle around the rotation in the meantime.They’ve got Logan Webb on the rotation who has looked as good as anyone this season along with Kevin Gausman and Anthony DeSclafani. However, after that, they’ll have to rely on pitchers like Sammy Long and potentially John Brebbia.
That’s not a rotation that gets you excited in September. The Giants will make the playoffs and could use experience out of Cueto and Wood. They can’t rush the process but the rotation doesn’t look very good moving forward.Outside of the rotation, the Giants have a couple injuries with Evan Longoria and Donovan Solano but nothing that would hurt their chances at winning games.
The Dodgers, on the other hand, have had to face a lot more adversity this season. They’ve had to play without Clayton Kershaw, Danny Duffy, Trevor Bauer, and Tony Gonsolin in their starting rotation.The Dodgers went out and traded for Max Scherzer to help with starting pitching depth and still only have four reliable options including Walker Buehler, Julio Urias and David Price, along with Scherzer.
Kershaw is throwing off the mound and could be back for a divisional push in September. That would be a massive boost to this rotation. Tony Gonsolin would also be back in time. However, the offense is all healthy now and it’s a crazy offense when healthy.They’ve added Trea Turner in that big trade at the deadline with the Nationals and have returned Mookie Betts from the injured list along with Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger, and Corey Seager who all spent time on the injured list this season.
The Dodgers, on paper, are the better team. Once the starting rotation gets fully healthy, they’ll also have a better rotation. The thing is, whichever team ends up losing the division will get the wild card game after potentially winning close to 100 games. It’s unfair but that’s the rules. The Giants have held the division all season long but could falter when it matters the most.
Either way, you hope both teams find a way to go deep into the playoffs and whoever plays in that wild card game, wins it. At this time, the Dodgers will likely surpass the Giants for the division but the Giants can still do damage in the playoffs. As long as Logan Webb gets the start for the Wild Card game, the Giants will be in a great position. The Dodgers will just be in a better one.