Will the West Be Won? Previewing the National League West

Ty JacksonContributor IJanuary 4, 2009

The NL West is compromised of five teams. The Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, and the San Francisco Giants.

The division champions, the LA Dodgers were 84-78 in 2008. That's a .519 winning percentage. Third place Marlins had a better record in the NL East.

The Rockies won't get any better having lost Matt Holiday, Brian Fuentes, and Willy Taveres to free agency. With them they finished 74-88. Things look dismal at Coors Field.

The Diamondbacks were the only other team in 2008 to finish above a .500 wining percentage at 82-80. If starters Dan Haren and Brandon Webb stay consistent and the younger players produce the D-Backs are almost sure fire to win

The Padres went in a complete nose dive in 2008 from third to last. If Jake Peavy isn't traded and stays healty the Padres could be one of the few non-laughable teams.

The Giants got rid of Barry, but took on fourth place. The team from San Fran was 12 games behind the Dodgers in 2008. But, signing Edgar Rentaria and Randy Johnson could be key to redemption. Manny Ramirez rumors are a definite plus for the Giants to possibly contend in 2009.