2022 MLB preview: NL West predictions, odds, more

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2022 MLB Divisional Previews: NL West

(Using FanGraphs 2022 projections, odds courtesy of DraftKings)

Projected Standings

Team W L W% Odds to win Division Odds to make Playoffs
Los Angeles Dodgers 94 68 .579 -165 -235
San Diego Padres 89 73 .550 +210 +330
San Francisco Giants 84 78 .522 +1700 +550
Arizona Diamondbacks 70 92 .431 +1100 +15000
Colorado Rockies 69 93 .425 +7500 +12000

Los Angeles Dodgers

Key Additions

  • Freddie Freeman, 1B (agreed to six-year deal)
  • Craig Kimbrel, RP (acquired from White Sox)

Key Subtractions

  • AJ Pollock, OF (traded to White Sox)
  • Kenley Jansen (signed with Braves)

Players to Know (with 2022 ATC projected stats):

Freddie Freeman
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  • Freddie Freeman, 1B: 152 games, .303 BA, .922 OPS, 32 HR, 98 RBI
  • Mookie Betts, RF: 146 games, .280 BA, .886 OPS, 31 HR, 87 RBI
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San Diego Padres

Key Additions

  • Sean Manaea, SP (acquired from Athletics)
  • Luke Voit, 1B (acquired from Yankees)
  • Jorge Alfaro, C (acquired from Marlins)
  • Nick Martinez, RP (agreed to four-year deal)

Players to Know (with 2022 ATC projected stats):

Manny Machado
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  • Manny Machado, 3B: 151 games, .276 BA, .847 OPS, 32 HR, 100 RBI
  • Fernando Tatis Jr., SS: 77 games (wrist injury), .284 BA, .953 OPS, 23 HR, 56 RBI

San Francisco Giants

Key Additions

  • Carlos Rodon, SP (agreed to two-year deal)
  • Joc Pederson, LF (agreed to one-year deal)
  • Darin Ruf, 1B (agreed to two-year deal)

Key Subtractions

  • Kris Bryant, 3B (signed with Rockies)
  • Mike Tauchman, LF (signed to play in Korea)

Players to Know (with 2022 ATC projected stats):

Brandon Belt
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  • Brandon Belt, 1B: 123 games, .250 BA, .845 OPS, 26 HR, 69 RBI
  • Carlos Rodon, SP: 140.0 IP, 10 wins, 3.53 ERA, 171 K’s, 1.14 WHIP

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Arizona Diamondbacks

Key Additions

  • Ketel Marte, CF (signed five-year extension)
  • Mark Melancon, RP (agreed to two-year deal)
  • Zach Davies, SP (agreed to one-year deal)
  • Ian Kennedy, RP (agreed to one-year deal)

Players to Know (with 2022 ATC projected stats):

Ketel Marte
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  • Ketel Marte, CF: 142 games, .293 BA, .841 OPS, 22 HR, 77 RBI
  • Zac Gallen, SP: 159 IP, 8 wins, 4.04 ERA, 169 K’s, 1.26 WHIP

Colorado Rockies

Key Additions

  • Kris Bryant, 3B/LF (agreed to seven-year deal)
  • Randal Grichuk, CF (acquired from Blue Jays)
  • Alex Colome, RP (agreed to one-year deal)
  • Chad Kuhl, SP (agreed to one-year deal)

Key Subtractions

  • Trevor Story, SS (signed with Red Sox)
  • Raimel Tapia, LF (traded to Blue Jays)

Players to Know (with 2022 ATC projected stats):

Kris Bryant
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  • Kris Bryant, 3B/LF: 142 games, .273 BA, .860 OPS, 27 HR, 82 RBI
  • CJ Cron, 1B: 136 games, .269 BA, .859 OPS, 29 HR, 97 RBI


NL West Best Bet

PICK: Dodgers to win the division (-165)

WHY: This really feels like a coronation out west more than anything, especially after the San Diego Padres lost Fernando Tatis Jr. for up to three months.

The Dodgers are not just the best team on paper in the NL West, they’re the best team on paper in baseball. Their embarrassment of riches somehow grew with the acquisition of reigning World Series MVP and 2020 NL MVP Freddie Freeman to already add to a loaded lineup.

Couple an offense of Freeman, Mookie Betts, Will Smith, and a potential bounce-back campaign from Cody Bellinger with a pitching staff of Walker Beuhler, Julio Urias, and potentially Trevor Bauer and Los Angeles is going to fly.