The National League West is getting exciting all the sudden. The Dodgers are 2-8 in their last 10 games which has allowed the Giants to climb to within one game in the standings, and the Diamondbacks are just five games back. Here are your N.L. West notes:
- According to Jeff Sanders of the North County Times, the O’Malley group looking to purchase the Padres has entered an exclusive negotiating window with current owner John Moores. The group will be reportedly headed up by San Diegan Ron Fowler. Fowler was part of the Jeff Moorad group who already has a minority stake in the team. Phil Mickelson is the face of the group, but it seems Fowler will be the point man and have the most control.
- While most of the world has been focusing on Carlos Quentin, the Padres have essentially thrown their
third baseman onto the trading block as well. A couple days ago Jon Heyman of CBS Sports wrote that the Padres would listen to offers for Chase Headley, but it would take a lot to get him. Don Norcross of the San Diego Union Tribune echoed those sentiments and thought Headley could be trade bait along with Quentin and Huston Street.
- The San Francisco Giants are stepping up their efforts to ensure fan safety. According to Mercury News, the San Francisco Police Department will send undercover officers dressed as Dodgers fans to the stadium for the upcoming series between the Giants and Dodgers. The goal is to make sure fans don’t get out of control and to provide additional eyes on what is going on in the stands. This of course comes in the wake of the Bryan Stow beating that happened last year in Los Angeles.
- The Chicago Tribune points out that Wade Miley became just the second left-hander in Arizona Diamondbacks franchise history to have at least four consecutive starts in which opponents scored one run or less in at least seven innings of work. Miley has been a big surprise for the DBacks. He is 9-3 with a 2.13 ERA this season. He has been Arizona’s best pitcher all season.