We conclude the MLB preview with a look at one of baseball's tougher divisions in the NL West. Will the Dodgers continue their stranglehold on the division? Will the Giants do anything in their potential last hurrah? Can the Rockies and Diamondbacks sustain their competitive ways?
Team to Beat: Los Angeles Dodgers: The team that was one win away from their first World Series title since 1988 still has a stacked team. Young players like Corey Seager (.295 BA, .375 OBP, 77 RBIs, .854 OPS) and Cody Bellinger (.933 OPS, 39 homers, 97 RBIs) and established players such as Justin Turner (.322 BA, 71 RBI, .415 OBP, .945 OPS) and Clayton Kershaw (10.39 K/9, 202 SO, 2.31 ERA) are geared to bring Los Angeles back to the World Series in hopes of winning the title this time.
Team That May Surprise Some People: San Diego Padres: A young squad that just added some veteran leadership in Eric Hosmer, San Diego may sneak into the playoffs this season. Hosmer is added to a lineup that may produce some runs in cavernous Petco Park along with Wil Myers (30 homers, 74 RBIs) and Chase Headley.
Team That May Be Really Good or Bad: San Francisco Giants: This will probably be the Giants' last hurrah at contending for a while. Therefore, it makes sense for Brian Sabean to go all out and get players like Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria to boost a lineup lacking in punch.
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