- Paul Swydan, ESPN Insider
At the end of April, the spread in the ESPN Power Rankings for the denizens of the National League West was wide. But over the past two months, the division has congealed. One of the primary factors has been the play of the San Diego Padres, who now rank a season-best 16th overall. Sporting an above-.500 record for the first time since 2011, the Padres have overcome their slow start and are very much a factor in what has proven to be a soft NL West.
The surging Padres have the deepest lineup in the NL West, which is why they are in prime position to win the division.