NL West Preview, Betting Odds and Predictions 2010
Los Angeles Dodgers (+200 odds to win National League West)
With the owners of the franchise involved in a messy divorce, Los Angeles did virtually nothing in the offseason. The loss of lefty Randy Wolf has made the rotation a little thin heading into this spring. The everyday MLB lineup is a strength with a good mix of talented youngsters and solid vets. Manny Ramirez could make or break the Dodgers in 2010 after some inconsistent efforts last season.
Colorado Rockies (+220 odds to win National League West)
With trips to the postseason in two of the last three years, the Rockies feel good about themselves heading into a new decade. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki leads a group of good young bats in the lineup. While the club did lose 15-game winner Jason Marquis to free agency, Colorado should get a nice boost with the return of former ace Jeff Francis. The talented lefty is back in the fold after missing all of last season due to an injury.
San Francisco Giants (+220 odds to win National League West)
An impressive pitching staff enabled the Giants to post a winning season last year for the first time since 2004. After yielding 759 runs in 2008, San Francisco gave up only 611 runs a year ago. Cy Young ace Tim Lincecum heads a solid rotation. However, the offense is still trying to move forward from the Barry Bonds era. The Giants are hoping that veteran additions Mark DeRosa and Aubrey Huff will provide a spark this season. Young third baseman Pablo Sandoval was able to emerge as a force last year.
Arizona Diamondbacks (+220 odds to win National League West)
A revamped rotation could enable the Diamondbacks to make some noise this season after a frustrating 70-92 campaign in 2009. Dan Haren is the only top five starter returning from last year’s staff. Arizona’s longtime ace Brandon Webb is back after suffering a season-ending injury on opening day last season. The Diamondbacks have also added talented right-hander Edwin Jackson to the staff. Beyond slugging third baseman Mark Reynolds and outfielder Justin Upton, the offense struggled in 2009. Former Braves Adam LaRoche and Kelly Johnson have been brought in to form the new starting right side of the infield.
San Diego Padres (+4000 odds to win National League West)
While San Diego had a 12-win improvement from 2008 with a 75-87 mark in 2009, the club could be headed backwards this season. The franchise appears more concerned with shredding payroll than fielding a competitive club. Ace hurler Jake Peavy was moved during last season. During the winter, San Diego traded away its second-best hitter in a move that sent third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff to Oakland. Now, there is speculation that franchise player Adrian Gonzalez could be moved during the 2010 season. Beyond Gonzalez, the everyday lineup is very weak. The pitching staff is better but not dominant.
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