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|Posted: Sun May 1st, 2016 04:56 pm||
|After one month of play, parity rules in the National League West.
The first-place San Francisco Giants' 6-5 loss to the New York Mets on Saturday ensured that every NL West team would finish April with a losing record.
This is certainly not what the Giants or Arizona Diamondbacks had in mind after a winter of lavish spending, while the Dodgers - hanging on to a first-place tie despite losing their sixth game in a row Saturday - certainly can't be thrilled after their hot first two weeks.
The two presumed also-rans remain competitive as well. Thanks mostly to rookie sensation Trevor Story, the Colorado Rockies sit only percentage points back of the Dodgers and Giants, while the San Diego Padres are somehow 2.5 games out.
The five teams are also beating up on each other. Every NL West team has at least one win over each of their division rivals this year, save for the Giants, who've yet to beat Arizona.
While much can change over the next five months, the early results out of a division pegged by many to feature at least three playoff contenders has left many observers scratching their heads.
At least Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez is keeping it all in perspective, though.
Adrian Gonzalez wrote this on the Dodgers clubhouse white board the second they walked in from tonight's loss pic.twitter.com/C62ziJ2pAm
— #WaltonYourFriend (@RyanWaltonSBN) May 1, 2016