The NL West produced three playoff teams in 2017, and none of them played in San Francisco. The Dodgers still possess the most talent in the division, but Colorado and Arizona aren’t going to feel bad for a team that just lost one of their best players in Justin Tucker. On the other hand, the Giants are hoping to climb back up the standings after finishing with their fewest wins since 1994.
Los Angeles Dodgers (-175)
Despite losing Tucker for an extended period of time, the Dodgers still have the most talent in the division, maybe even the entire National League. Back-to-back NL Rookie of the Year winners Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger lead a lethal lineup into 2018. Los Angeles does play in the deepest division in baseball, but with Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen on the mound, the boys in blue should return to the postseason once again.
Arizona Diamondbacks (+400)
The Diamondbacks were the surprise of the National League last year, as Robbie Ray emerged as a bonafide stud on the mound and J.D. Martinez crushed the ball like a monster. Martinez is gone now, but A.J. Pollack is expected to start the season at 100% and Paul Goldschmidt remains one of the top hitters in the game. Ray and Zach Greinke should provide plenty of quality starts for Arizona to make another push for the playoffs.
San Francisco Giants (+600)
An injury-plagued season caused the Giants to win just 64 games in 2017, but the team’s offseason acquisitions of Andrew McCutchen, Evan Longoria, and Austin Jackson should help San Francisco regain some of its fire power. On the down side, Madison Bumgarner suffered yet another injury during Spring Training, meaning that Johnny Cueto will be left shouldering the load for an aging starting rotation.
Colorado Rockies (+650)
It’s weird seeing an opening day lineup card in Colorado that doesn’t include the name Carlos Gonzalez, but it won’t take long for Nolan Arenado to help fans forget the absence of CarGo. Arenado is going to be one of the favorites to win NL MVP in 2018, and the offseason addition of Wade Davis should help a relatively weak starting rotation finish off some games this year. One thing is for sure, balls are going to keep flying out of Coors Field.
San Diego Padres (+2500)
The Padres have been at or near the bottom of the NL West for quite some time now, and it doesn’t look like much will change in 2018. Sure, they signed one of the top free agents in Eric Hosmer, but he is far from enough to help them climb the standings in this division.
*Odds from Bovada as of 3/27/18