MLB Midseason Report Card

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NL WEST
ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS (Grade: B+)
(50-45)

May 15, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt against the Atlanta Braves at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Diamondbacks hold a 2.5-game lead over the surging LA Dodgers but have played good baseball thus far.

I like the core this team is building around first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who is batting .313 with 60 runs, 21 home runs and 77 RBIs.

Arizona also has seen quality play from Gerardo Parra in centerfield and Martin Prado, who are batting .285 and .253 respectively. Parra also has scored 51 runs and six stolen bases.

Who doesn’t like watching Patrick Corbin when he makes a start? He’s 11-1 this season with a 2.35 ERA in 130.1 IP. His WHIP stands at 1.00, and he has allowed 34 earned runs in his 19 games started.

This team could be dangerous, if not this season, but in the next few seasons to come.

TEAM MVP: Paul Goldschmidt (1B) — With his stats already mentioned, the All-Star first baseman has a bright future ahead of him in the majors.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS (Grade: B-)
(47-47)
I think the Los Angeles Dodgers finally have things together. They have one of the best pitchers in baseball in Clayton Kershaw, and Zack Greinke is also one of the better pitchers in the game as they each have eight wins.

You can’t not talk about the Dodgers and not mention rookie sensation Yasiel Puig, as he’s been the spark LA has been looking for all season. In just 38 games, the rookie right fielder is batting .391 with 59 hits (eight doubles) and eight home runs. He had 19 RBIs with an OBP of .422.

I think their .500 record will be above the .500 mark once the second half of the season is complete, and they could end up winning the division.

Team MVP: Yasiel Puig (RF) — Since he’s joined the team, the Dodgers’ overall play has improved, and there is no telling what this rookie standout is capable the rest of the season.

COLORADO ROCKIES (Grade: C-)
(46-50)

I can’t say I know a whole lot about the Colorado Rockies, but just from the little I’ve seen of them this season, and just looking at where they sit in the West, is being just 4.5 games behind the leaders that bad?

I don’t think they will win the division or anything, but being four games under .500, do the Rockies have a realistic shot at a winning season playing in their division?

Their wins leaders are Jhoulys Chacin and Jorge De La Rosa with nine wins each.

This team did manage to acquire three All-Star selections in Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer.

TEAM MVP: Michael Cuddyer (RF) — In 74 games this year, the Rockies’ right fielder had a BA of .330 with 44 runs and 55 RBIs. He had 94 hits (18 doubles) and 16 home runs.

SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (Grade: D-)
(43-51)
The defending World Series champions have been a big disappointment this season. Their pitching hasn’t shown like it did in the postseason one season ago, and they are currently eight games under .500. They have just one win more than the last-place San Diego Padres, and with all of that said, are just 6.5 games out of first place in the West.

Who knows what this club will do. Remember, last season they came out of nowhere to win the championship, winning every elimination game they faced.

They are led in batting by Buster Posey at .325 with 38 runs and 56 RBIs. Matt Cain hasn’t played up to his usual standards with just five wins, and besides his no-hitter, Tim Lincecum is not the same pitcher he used to be, but maybe that will be a start to continued success.

A positive has been Madison Bumgarner at 10 wins, 122 strikeouts and a team-leading ERA (for starters) of 3.02, with a WHIP of 0.95.

Team MVP: Buster Posey (C) — With some of his stats already mentioned earlier, Posey is the heartbeat of the Giants, and it will be interesting to see if he can repeat the same numbers he did one year ago.

SAN DIEGO PADRES (Grade: D-)
(42-54)
What can you say about this club?

They have one All-Star in Everth Cabrera who is batting .291 with 43 runs and 34 stolen bases.

Jason Marquis leads the team with nine wins with an ERA of 3.77. Eric Stults follows with eight wins and a team-best ERA of 3.40.

With this club, I don’t know if they are trying to rebuild or just plug along through the season as they are 8.5 games out of first in the West.

TEAM MVP: Everth Cabrera (SS) — His stats have already been mentioned, and he’s been named an All-Star.