Fri. Oct 30th, 2020
national-league

West

GIANTS (Preview on B7)

2019: 77-85, 3rd place

Manager: Gabe Kapler (first season)

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

2019: 106-56, 1st; lost to Nationals in Division Series.

Manager: Dave Roberts (fifth season).

Outlook: Left-hander David Price is sitting out because of the pandemic. Mookie Betts, the 2018 AL MVP with Boston, enters his first season in L.A. The powerful lineup includes NL MVP Cody Bellinger. Three-time All-Star closer Kenley Jansen reported to camp late after testing positive for the coronavirus. The Dodgers’ bullpen was second in the NL with 29 blown saves; they signed former A’s All-Star reliever Blake Treinen to a $10 million, one-year deal. The Dodgers won their seventh consecutive NL West title by 21 games over Arizona last year.

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

2019: 85-77, 2nd

Manager: Torey Lovullo (fourth season)

Outlook: Arizona’s biggest addition was left-hander Madison Bumgarner, a three-time World Series champion with the Giants who signed an $85 million, five-year deal. The Diamondbacks also added some pop in the lineup with outfielders Kole Calhoun (Angels) and Starling Marte (Pirates).

COLORADO ROCKIES

2019: 71-91, 4th

Manager: Bud Black (fourth season)

Outlook: Gone is left fielder Ian Desmond, who opted out to be with his family and help grow youth baseball in his Florida hometown. Third baseman Nolan Arenado was third in the NL in hits (185) and total bases (343) in 2019, fifth in batting average (.315) and tied for fifth in homers (41), with shortstop Trevor Story (35 homers) and right fielder Charlie…

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By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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