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April 23, 2013

Western Front

The Rockies and Dodgers Have Swapped Scripts

by Geoff Young


We know that three weeks isn't enough time to judge a season. We'll do it anyway because that's what we have and that's what we do.

There have been many surprises so far, particularly in the National League West. Here's how the Baseball Prospectus crew saw the division shaping up in 2013:

  1. Dodgers (24 first-place votes)
  2. Giants (15)
  3. Diamondbacks (3)
  4. Padres
  5. Rockies

And here's what it looked like through games of April 21:

  1. Rockies, 13-5
  2. Giants, 12-7
  3. Diamondbacks, 10-8
  4. Dodgers, 8-10
  5. Padres, 5-13

The Giants and Diamondbacks are where we'd expected them to be, and the Padres are close enough. But the Rockies and Dodgers have nearly traded places.

Colorado has benefited from a healthy Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, as well as hot starts from Michael Cuddyer and the apparently still-developing Dexter Fowler. More surprisingly, the Rockies have gotten strong results from a starting rotation that entered the season with serious questions.

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