NL West building into new frontier 

May, 27, 2006
05/27/06
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Last summer we were wondering if someone -- anyone, please -- could win the National League West with a losing record. And as it turned out, the Pads did have a winning record, but it was 82-80 in a division that totaled 86 games below .500.

So here we are this year on Memorial Day weekend, and the NL West has all five of its teams above .500. Four of the five have outscored their opponents, and through May 26 the Dodgers (+59) and Diamondbacks (+45) were first and third in the league in run differential, separated by the omnipresent Cardinals (+55).

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