Coming into the 2021 season, it was pretty well known that the San Diego Padres would give the Dodgers a run for their money in the NL West. The Rockies and Diamondbacks were immediately written off due to their lack of impactful roster moves during the offseason. And with no real flashy additions to the roster, the San Francisco Giants were cast aside as well.
However, the Dodgers’ longtime rivals have been a surprise story this year. They’ve made it known that they want in on the chance to dethrone Los Angeles in the West. After the team’s 5-4 loss to the Giants on Sunday, Dave Roberts spoke about how he views the threat they pose.
“I think that a lot of people might have counted the Giants out, we didn’t. We know that they have a lot of very good veteran players that have won championships and they can pitch, so that’s a really good combination.”
With many of their veteran players having resurgent seasons and their rotation being among the best in baseball right now, they’re showing they’re not to be forgotten. They took 3 out of 4 this weekend and sit second in the division, 2 games ahead of the Dodgers and a half game back of the Padres.
Los Angeles, the Giants, and the Padres all boast some of the top records in the league and have been ranked among the top 10 teams in the game in recent power rankings..
Could this be the best division in baseball right now? Roberts sure does think so.
“But as far as baseball, I think the National League West is as good as any division, if not, the best division in baseball. I think you could argue the AL East, but as far as baseball, Giants-Dodgers, absolutely it’s a good thing.”
There’s still plenty of season left during this 162-game marathon and a lot can happen between now and October baseball. The race for the division could be just as tight then or teams could fizzle out during the dog days of summer. For now though, the big guns are blazing in the NL West.