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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Diamondbacks lose seventh straight game, get swept by Brewers

Arizona has lost 13 of 14, falling out of the NL West lead while scoring just 26 runs in that span. The three games marked the Brewers’ first sweep of the Diamondbacks since June 2-4, 2008.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers have been winning a little and the Rockies and Giants have been treading water.  All 4 teams are within 4 games of each other.  It could be a weird year in the NL West.

Nasty Nate Posted: May 24, 2018 at 09:56 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Tom Nawrocki Posted: May 24, 2018 at 01:35 PM (#5678987)
The Rockies, at 11-9, have the best record in the division for the month of May.

One of the weirdest things about the NL West is how compressed it is. If you combined it with either the NL East or NL Central to make a single ten-team division, all five West teams would be 5th through 9th in that division.
   2. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 24, 2018 at 02:38 PM (#5679054)
Just a few weeks ago, the Dodgers were 9 games behind Arizona and done for the season. Now the D-Backs are only 3 games over LA, and not even in first place anymore. Kershaw had a bullpen session that has the Dodgers optimistic for a return in the next few weeks, and Madison Bumgarner has his first rehab assignment this weekend. Things could change very quickly.
   3. stanmvp48 Posted: May 24, 2018 at 04:01 PM (#5679125)
Or to put it another way; 9th through 13th in the whole league. Derek's dreck would only be 6 1/2 out of first
   4. Walt Davis Posted: May 24, 2018 at 06:43 PM (#5679204)
Meanwhile, the rest of the NL Central has also been mostly treading water and the Brewers have opened up a 3 game lead. They've gone 14-6 in May. The only thing that's kept them from running away is they are 1-7 against the Cubs.

Other league/divisional tidbits: The NL leads 40-27 so far in interleague play -- small sample, no idea who's played whom and I think it was much better just a week ago but so far the NL maybe finally showing signs of life.

The NLW is 27-30 vs NLE and 17-26 vs NLC and 8-9 vs AL
The NLE is 32-24 vs NLC and it would be much better if not for Miami 5-12 ... or not as good without going 11-5 against Cincy. 8-3 vs AL
The NLC is 24-14 vs AL with Pitt off to a 10-2 start

Yeah, the AL record doesn't add up right so I missed one somewhere, sue me.

Over in the lesser league ...

ALC is 20-38 vs ALE and 20-35 vs ALW and 14-24 vs NL ... which seems almost impossible. How could an entire division be this bad? (Yes, I know how)

The ALW is 31-27 vs ALE ... thanks to (wait for it) the 12-4 A's. They are 9-8 vs NL.
The ALE has started 4-8 vs NL, Tampa 0-5.

So the NL's superiority is due to playing mostly the ALC which is apparently a collection of AAA teams. Even the Indians are not good outside their division -- 14-18. KC is 6-20, CWS 9-23. The O's are 8-22 outside their division ... all 8 wins vs the ALC.

In contrast, the Reds are a solid 12-14 outside the NLC; the Marlins a generically bad 12-18; the Padres a generically bad 9-14.

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