2011 MLB Predictions: NL West Standings

Zach Greubel@@ZachGreubelCorrespondent IIMarch 5, 2011

2011 MLB Predictions: NL West Standings

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    Readers may consider the following to be somewhat biased since I am a Rockies fan. However, these are not far from the truth to what I really think will happen this season in the NL West.

    Here are my 2011 fantasy baseball articles:

    Top 50 Hitters

    Top 35 Pitchers

    Top 25 First Basemen

    Top 25 Second Basemen

    Top 20 Shortstops

    Top 20 Third Basemen

    Top 15 Catchers w/ Analysis

    Top 20 NL Outfielders

    Top 20 AL Outfielders

5. Arizona Diamondbacks

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    Their pitching staff has disintegrated over the past few years. Former aces Brandon Webb and Dan Haren are now gone and the offense isn't too intimidating, either.

    They do have some power in their lineup, but they strikeout way too much as a team. Their main home run and RBI guy, third baseman Mark Reynolds, left for Baltimore during the offseason. They have a lot of work to do.

4. San Diego Padres

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    The Padres lost what was, by far, their biggest offensive weapon in first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox during the offseason. No one expected them to do as well as they did last season.

    They still have a pretty good pitching staff headed by up-and-comer Mat Latos. The departure of Gonzalez hurts, though, and they'll struggle a lot more this season.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers

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    Los Angeles was definitely a big disappointment last season finishing fourth in the NL West with a 80-82 record.

    Closer Jonathan Broxton did not look the same as previous seasons, but performed better later on in the season. If outfielder Andre Ethier can stay healthy, the offense will be good to go, but the pitching staff is average.

2. Colorado Rockies

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    The long-term deals to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez were huge. The Rockies arguably have two of the 15 best hitters in baseball for the next several years now.

    Pitching ace Ubaldo Jimenez is coming off the best season of his career, and if closer Huston Street can stay healthy, the sky is the limit for Colorado.

1. San Francisco Giants

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    They're the defending World Series champions, enough said.

    They have what is probably the second best pitching staff in the National League (behind Philadelphia) and their offense really stepped up in the latter part of last season, as well as in the postseason.

    The Giants have all the tools to make another run to the postseason.