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NL West Notes: Giants season, D-Backs future

The latest news from around the National League West.

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MLB: San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

You don’t need statistics to show that things aren’t going well for the San Francisco Giants in the second half. The 2016 Giants have been a case of bad news since the All-Star break and it doesn’t seem to be getting better any time soon.

Here a statistic just in-case you need convincing: The Giants win 91 percent of the time when they lead after eight innings. The average team wins 96 percent of those same games. They are also 0-55 when trailing after eight innings. This team may be one of the most frustrating teams in Giants history.

More from around the National League West:

  • Despite all the struggles and injuries and setbacks, Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa continues to think that this team can play “dramatically” better in 2017, but will need improvements from everyone in the station rotation.
  • Here is the feel good story of the week (sorry Tebow, not happening), the Padres called up right-hander Jake Smith. Nothing unsual about that. Oh, wait. He’s a former groundskeeper.
  • At first, it wasn’t quite clear how the breakup between the Dodgers and manager Don Mattingly would go. So far, it’s worked out pretty well for both sides.
  • Rockies catching prospect Tom Murphy keeps on hitting baseballs.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

LA Dodgers 79-60 — GB

San Francisco 74-65 5.0 GB

Colorado 67-73 12.5 GB

Arizona 58-81 21.0 GB

San Diego 58-82 21.5 GB