Strong Player Starts (and Not) From Around The League: National League West

Story, Trevor hitting

Moving on from both the National League and American League Central divisions yesterday, we focus on the west today, starting with the NL West, where some unlikely trends are starting to form and surprise players are carrying teams.

Colorado Rockies
Hot
Trevor Story, SS – Story is coming back down to earth after homering in 4 straight to start the season and in 5 of his first 6 games.  Teams are starting to figure him out, although he’s still hitting .274 with 2 doubles, 2 triples, and 8 homers to go with 1.071 OPS.  The downside; however is that pitchers have found holes and have struck Trevor out 25 times

Carlos Gonzalez, OF – Nolan Arenado could go here with his 6 dingers and 16 RBI, however CarGo’s average of .367 is what gets him in to this spot, which includes 5 doubles, a triple, 4 homers, and 11 RBI to go with the 1.099 OPS

Not
Charlie Blackmon, OF – Blackmon has established himself as a 5-tool guy, however a slow start (.185 avg, .575 OPS) and landing on the DL with turf toe isn’t helping

Jorge De La Rosa, SP – Four starts in to the season and De La Rosa is getting hit around pretty good with little sign of hope.  Jorge is currently 1-2, with a 9.87 ERA, a .325 average against and 1.96 WHIP

Los Angeles Dodgers
Hot
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B – Gonzo is off to another hot start this season, leading the team with a .328 avg (40+ AB’s), 2 homers (tied with 2 others), 10 RBI, and .885 OPS

Enrique Hernandez, OF – Was considering putting Yasiel Puig here, however Hernandez has stepped in nicely after Carl Crawford went down, and is hitting .375 (32 AB’s), with 2 homers, 8 RBI, and 1.085 OPS in limited time

Kenta Maeda, SP – The Dodgers seem to have hit it big with another signing of a Japanese league pitcher in Maeda.  Kenta so far has started 3 games, is 2-0 and had just given up his first (and only) run of the season in his last start to the Giants. A 3:1 K to BB rate is very helpful, and a .206 avg against with his 0.95 WHIP is promising.  The question remains, is how Maeda will handle a full Major League workload in comparison to the Japanese League.

Not
Corey Seager, SS – Howie Kendrick should be here, however Seager had so many expectations as the top prospect in baseball (#1 Prospect on my Top 100 Prospects for 2016 as well), that seeing him hit .228 with a .613 OPS is definitely a disappointing start to the season

Scott Kazmir, SP – The battered rotation meant more emphasis on the need for free agent Kazmir to perform, however a 1-1 record, 6.43 ERA, .263 average against, and 1.60 WHIP has to have Dodger fans questioning this signing

San Diego Padres
Hot
Melvin (BJ) Upton Jr., OF – Melvin is off to a good start in San Diego with 5 XBH, 4 steals, a .286 avg and .874 OPS.  Can he keep it up for a full season is another question…

Matt Kemp, OF – Kemps average isn’t the greatest at .268, however the power is still there with 5 home runs on the season and 13 RBI to go with his .812 OPS

Drew Pomeranz, SP – Pomeranz went from a starter in Colorado to splitting time between starting and the bullpen in Oakland the last two years, back to being a started this year with San Diego, and is thriving so far.  Through 3 starts, Pomeranz is 2-1 with a 2.04 ERA, has struck out 25, has a .180 average against, and a 1.13 WHIP

Not
Derek Norris, C – Norris gets most of the time at catcher and typically is an offensive threat, however a .184 average and .537 OPS has Norris off to a very disappointing start for the Padres

Andrew Cashner, SP – Cashner has made 3 starts and although his last outing against Arizona was positive (1 ER), he is average just 5 innings per start leading to a bloated 5.40 ERA, .279 average against and 1.47 WHIP

San Francisco Giants
Hot
Angel Pagan, OF – Pagan is off to a sizzling start, leading the team in average at .353, runs scored with 14, hits (20), 4 doubles (tied), 3 homers (tied), and a .921 OPS (40+ AB’s)

Not
Brandon Crawford, SS – You could put Matt Duffy here as well, however Crawford “wins” out with 14 K’s in 51 at bats, has a .216 avg, and .703 OPS

Jake Peavy, SP – SanFran fans are going to have to get used to winning with offense and not pitching as their starters are struggling at times, led by Peavy.  Jake is 0-1 in 3 starts with a 9.00 ERA with a .431 average against(!!) and 2.07 WHIP

Matt Cain, SP – Cain is there with Peavy at 0-2 in 3 starts and a 6.46 ERA and a .283 average against and 1.50 WHIP

Next: American League West

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