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Divide and Conquer, NL West: What are the Padres Getting in Josh Byrnes?
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09-27

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Is There a Draft in Here, or is that Just 2006?
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09-20

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Thirty-Two Short Films About Aaron Cook
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09-13

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: This Is Not Surreal, Nor Is It Otherwise
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09-06

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Beating the Weak and Powerless
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08-30

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Absence Makes the Kemp Grow Stronger
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08-23

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way Back from the All-Star Break
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08-16

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: You Can Build with Wood, but You Can't Rebuild with Millwood
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08-09

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Firm Pudding
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08-02

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Ebbing and Flowing
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07-26

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Bochy Wins the Close Ones
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07-19

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: To Serve the Young
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07-12

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: The Dodgers Were Not Built to Wait Until Next Year
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07-05

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: One Man's Sludge is Kevin Towers' Slugger
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06-28

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Home is Where the Wins Are (Not)
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06-23

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Like Cats Approaching a Stream
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06-14

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Sometimes the Tangent Wins
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06-07

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Drop a Catcher, Drop a Child
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05-31

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Streaking Snakes and Get-Well Cards
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05-24

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: When All Else Fails, Try a Prospect from the '90s
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05-17

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: We Did Everything We Needed to Do, and Then We Didn't
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05-10

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Everybody Got Problems
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Divide and Conquer, NL West: A Tale of Two Aprils, or In Which the Padres and Rockies Swap Places
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04-26

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: At Least We Don't Have to Read Thackeray
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04-19

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: And Then Kemp and Upton Stopped Swinging at Everything
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04-12

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Catch as Catch Can
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04-05

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: I Am Almost Ready to Learn
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Divide and Conquer, NL West: New Beginnings on the Frontier
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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Value Over Replacement Fluff
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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Everyone Was Young and Promising Once
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Divide and Conquer, NL West: If a Cliche Falls in the Desert...
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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Kung-Fu Randa and the Five Corners of Tepidness
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Los Angeles is going nowhere this year, but the team has several players that could help form the core of the next great Dodger team.

The Dodgers have a problem. Hello, understatement. This is a team that, at the All-Star break, finds itself in fourth place (was last place before a weekend sweep at home against the equally hapless Padres) in the NL West, 11 games out of first. The Dodgers own the seventh-worst record in baseball and are ill-poised to make a second-half run.

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Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers has a history of turning trash to treasure, even though all his shrewd moves don't always work out.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are enjoying an unexpected turnaround in 2011. The team widely picked to finish last in the NL West finds itself in the thick of a pennant race as the All-Star break approaches. The difference between this year and last through 85 games could hardly be more dramatic:

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June 28, 2011 9:00 am

Divide and Conquer, NL West: Home is Where the Wins Are (Not)

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Playing at Coors usually gives the Rockies a major advantage, but that hasn't been the case this year.

The Colorado Rockies aren't winning at home this year, and that is a problem. One of the franchise's trademarks in recent years has been the ability to dominate opponents at Coors Field (all numbers are through games of Sunday, June 26):

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June 23, 2011 9:00 am

Divide and Conquer, NL West: Like Cats Approaching a Stream

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The Giants have a struggling offense, but is there any hope on the horizon?

The Giants dwell precariously atop (or near the top; they were in first when I started writing this piece but have fallen behind Arizona again as I file) of the NL West despite a negative run differential. The popular narrative will be that the defending world champions know how to win, although getting swept this past weekend by the punchless Oakland A's—who are battling the Twins for the title of worst-hitting team in baseball—pokes a hole in said narrative.

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June 14, 2011 9:00 am

Divide and Conquer, NL West: Sometimes the Tangent Wins

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Dodgertown may be glum, but there is one bright light in Hollywood. Meanwhile, a star is struggling in San Francisco while San Diego hopes it has promoted one.

 

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June 7, 2011 9:00 am

Divide and Conquer, NL West: Drop a Catcher, Drop a Child

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There were more valleys than peaks in May for the NL West clubs, but the Diamondbacks aren't the ones feeling snakebitten.

Giants May Snapshot

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Kenley Jansen's run at history, the futility of the Padres, and whether the D'Backs are for real.

The more games they play, the more this year's Diamondbacks look like last year's Padres. The team that was almost universally picked to finish last in the NL West has taken over first place, moving a half game ahead of the World Champion Giants.

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Tulowitzki is slumping, the Padres are losing the 2011 Vedder Cup, and the best prospects are the ones who failed over a decade ago.

Those birthday/funeral combinations are awkward, aren't they? Just as we began celebrating the resurrection of the Padres offense, it died again.

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The Rockies late-inning woes, Kuo's anxiety disorder, the Padres bullpen and more in the latest look at the NL West

The once unstoppable Rockies have slowed to a near standstill. They are 3-10 so far in May and have relinquished their NL West lead.

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May 10, 2011 9:00 am

Divide and Conquer, NL West: Everybody Got Problems

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Prospects not hitting, veterans not earning their pay, the end of a significant hit streak, and Andre Ethier's 30-20 hitting streak.

Andre Ethier saw his 30-game hitting streak come to an end with an 0-for-4 performance against the Mets on May 7 at Citi Field. Ethier's streak gave fans something positive to focus on for a while, providing respite from the ongoing McCourt/Selig saga and the club's 16-19 record.

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Comparing the April of 2010 to the April of 2011 for each team in the NL West.

Giants March/April Snapshot

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The Dodgers get a new financial babysitter in MLB, the Giants' first baseman of the future is no longer their first baseman of the present, and the Padres just wish they had a first baseman to demote.

It's almost May

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