MLB 2012 Season Preview: NL West

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MLB 2012 Season Preview: NL West
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The National League West is not seen as the most competitive division in baseball.

Sure the San Francisco Giants won the 2010 World Series, but they also skipped into the playoffs on a 92-70 record. In fact, over the last five years the division winner has an average record of 91-71.

And so, fans like to deem it a weaker division.

I see it as a division with three closely-matched teams that provide great competition and entertainment. In those same five years, second-place teams in the West have finished an average of three games back, while third-place teams have averaged 10 games back.

If you're as entertained by the West as I am, look at these slides for an idea of how the West will pan out in 2012.

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