Diamondbacks, Dodgers, and Padres: 2 truths and 1 lie about the NL West

ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 09: Nelson Cruz #32 of the San Diego Padres celebrates hitting a 3-run home run during the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Truist Park on April 9, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin D. Liles/Atlanta Braves/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 09: Nelson Cruz #32 of the San Diego Padres celebrates hitting a 3-run home run during the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Truist Park on April 9, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin D. Liles/Atlanta Braves/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – APRIL 09: JD Martinez #28 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with James Outman #33 after scoring on a sacrifice fly hit by Miguel Vargas #17 against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field on April 09, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA – APRIL 09: JD Martinez #28 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with James Outman #33 after scoring on a sacrifice fly hit by Miguel Vargas #17 against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field on April 09, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

Truth: Los Angeles Dodgers will make the playoffs

The Dodgers currently sit quietly in third place in the division. That 5-5 record indicates they are shaking off the spring rust, so it is not cause for concern, and the Dodgers are certainly not struggling. There is actually a lot to be optimistic about in Los Angeles.

The first statistic that stands out for the Dodgers is their home run total (18). That is second in MLB behind the undefeated Tampa Bay Rays. It’s not one player blasting the homers either, it is a team effort. Jason Heyward, James Outman, Trayce Thompson, and catcher Will Smith lead the team with three home runs each.

Watch Heyward blast a rocket off the foul pole to see what I’m talking about.

The Dodgers are a very good team that just had a bad pair of series against the Diamondbacks. Over the six-game home-and-home set, the Dodgers gave up 31 runs and dropped four games to the division-leading Diamondbacks. This poor series is why the Dodgers are sitting in the middle of the standings and the Diamondbacks are leading.

Despite the awful series against Arizona, the Dodgers still boast an NL West-leading +16 run differential. In addition, they are the top-ranked team in the NL in runs, OPS, and home runs. They will continue a series in San Francisco on Tuesday against the Giants.

The Dodgers should perform well and bounce back quickly against the Giants. Los Angeles fans should be looking forward to some big moves at the trade deadline. They have a surprisingly low and manageable payroll with the prospects and cash to make a splash.

This is where the truth sets in, the Dodgers will sweep the Giants and find themselves back in the Wild Card spot, which they will hold at the end of the season.