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Dodgers: NL West Ranked the 3rd Best Division in MLB

Things are getting exciting out West.



The National League West is going to be a very fun division to watch during the 2021 season. The Dodgers come in as the defending World Series champions and the Padres added a boatload of talent. 

MLB recently released their rankings for the best divisions in all of baseball, and the NL West came in at number 3. The Dodgers haven’t added much in terms of free agency or trades, but they did make moves to stay on top. They will get back David Price in the middle of their rotation, and they added a few bullpen arms that could really make a difference down the stretch. 

The only other competitive team in the West is the Padres, which is probably why the division came in at number 3 rather than the top. San Diego added big-name arms in Yu Darvish and Blake Snell, then followed that up by trading for Joe Musgrove. If they’re ever going to catch the Dodgers at the top of the division, the time would be now. 

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There have been just 4 times in the division era that a division featured two 100-win teams. That feels entirely possible given the talent surrounding both the Padres and the Dodgers. It feels even more possible when you look at the remaining strength of the rest of the NL West. 

The NL East and AL East came in ranked numbers 1 and 2 respectively. The East added in names like Francisco Lindor, Carlos Carrasco, and James McCann just to the Mets alone. The Nationals added Josh Bell and Kyle Schwarber to give their lineup some pop to backup pitching. The Phillies did their job and re-signed JT Realmuto, and the East could end up with Trevor Bauer. 

The National League West is going to be a very fun division to watch during the 2021 season. The Dodgers come in as the defending World Series champions and the Padres added a boatload of talent. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. The strength of the NL West consists of two mega talented teams and then one maybe average in the Giants and a very weak one in the Rockies. The NL West is definitely stronger overall. I am very impressed with the additions the Mets have made. The Braves as their young stars mature continue to get stronger.
    The Dodger Organization continues to amaze as they are one of the youngest and homegrown teams in the MLB have remained competitive and have built one of the elite Minor League organizations in scouting, coaching and talent.

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