GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 07: A grounds crew member mows the outfield before the spring training game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants at Camelback Ranch on March 7, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Last season this division was a two team race the whole second half. I think this year will be a whole different story. One of the two NL West powerhouses will not make the playoffs this season. Here are my 2017 National League West Projections.

National League West Projections

 5 San Diego Padres

San Diego is very close to being a very solid ball club. They are a young lineup, but do have some breakout potential. However, the thing holding the Padres back is their rotation. They are made up of a handful of veteran pitchers who are past their prime including Jered Weaver. In a couple of years, San Diego will be primed for a run.

4 Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona could contend, if they were in a different division. They have the best first baseman in all of baseball in Paul Goldschmidt, and a very young lineup. A.J. Pollock is due for a huge comeback after missing most of last season. Zack Greinke leads their rotation which has tons of potential, and Shelby Miller is determined to prove trading for him wasn’t a mistake. Fernando Rodney is a solid backend of the bullpen. Arizona is just in such a tough division it may be tough to keep up with the others.

3 LA Dodgers

LA has a very solid all around team. With Sergio Romo and Kenley Jansen in the backend of the bullpen, they are shutdown. Clayton Kershaw leads a relatively dominant rotation. Adrian Gonzalez and Justin Turner are in the middle of the strong top to bottom lineup. However, I shockingly don’t think they will make the playoffs next season.

2 Colorado Rockies

Colorado is going to be an interesting team this year. They have a deep lineup with Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon, and Nolan Arenado. They have a very underrated rotation led by second year starter John Gray. Colorado could have found a hidden gem for the backend of their bullpen in free agency in former closer Greg Holland. I do think this is the year the Rockies find a way to sneak into a Wild Card spot, shocking many teams.

1 San Francisco Giants

San Francisco always finds a way to sneak into contention come playoff time. They have a solid lineup on both sides of the ball led by catcher Buster Posey. Second baseman Joe Panik and shortstop Brandon Crawford are one of the best up-the-middle duo’s in the game. On the mound, they have two aces in Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto. Their bullpen is a bit shaky, however Mark Melancon will provide some help on the backend.

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