The National League West division is one of the toughest divisions in all of baseball.
With the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, and San Francisco Giants all in postseason contention, it’s a division you can’t sleep on and it’s one that has been pretty close for quite some time.
However, things appear to be leveling out in that division.
The Dodgers have now opened up a 4.5-game lead over San Diego, with the Giants, who recently were within three games, now falling to 9.5 games out of first.
MLB Network tweeted a graphic featuring the standings in the NL West and how things are looking right now.
How many teams from the NL West will make the Postseason? pic.twitter.com/OLtUJUE8Mf
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 5, 2022
A Two-Team Race
It’s looking like this is the Dodgers’ division, as it has been for most of the past several seasons.
Last season was an exception, as the Giants came out of nowhere to win 107 games and take home the division crown.
But as has been the case for a long time, the Dodgers appear to be the cream of the crop in that division.
They had won the division every season from 2013-2020 and they look like they’re going to do it again, which would be nine of the last 10 years.
The Padres are not far behind though, and they could still make a play for the division crown, but every year, it seems like it’s the Dodgers who come out on top.
But what once looked like an enigmatic division is starting to look a little clearer.
At this point, it’s a race between the Dodgers and Padres, with the Giants now in better position to compete for a Wild Card.
But there’s still a long way to go and we’ll see who comes out on top.