It’s well-established that the NL West is one of the best divisions in MLB.
It had one of the worst teams in the league last year, the Arizona Diamondbacks, but also boasted the best two in the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants.
This time, the level of competitiveness appears to be even higher.
The Dodgers top the group with a solid 16-7 record.
That, of course, isn’t surprising.
But no team in the division, after roughly a month of baseball, has a losing record.
That is shocking!
“Every team in the NL West is currently .500 or better,” FOX Sports MLB tweeted.
Every team in the NL West is currently .500 or better 👏 pic.twitter.com/wO8yb5pXsV
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) May 5, 2022
After the Dodgers, the San Diego Padres are second with a 16-9 record.
The Giants have also been solid, and are currently third at 14-10.
They are tied with the Colorado Rockies.
Last but not least, the Diamondbacks are currently at 13-13, 4.5 games behind the Dodgers.
Before the season started, we expected the Dodgers, Giants, and Padres to be well above .500.
However, we didn’t see the Rockies, and much less the D-Backs, as respectable baseball teams.
They have been surprisingly competitive so far in 2022.
When everything is said and done, the Dodgers and Giants will likely be fighting at the top, but the Padres could potentially enter that tier if their pitching continues to respond and if Fernando Tatis Jr. shows no ill effects of his wrist injury upon returning in a few weeks.
The Rockies and D-Backs don’t have enough firepower to stay this competitive over the course of the season, but they look undoubtedly better than their 2021 versions.
That alone is a good development, and a nice omen for years to come.