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Around the NL West: Opening Week

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We take a look at how each NL West team performed the first week of the 2016 season.

San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

It's been an exciting first week of the 2016 Major League Baseball season. The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers took to be the class of the National League West, but there is a lot of season left.

The National League West Standings after the first week of the 2016 season.

NL West Standings
The NL West Standings after the first week of the 2016 season.
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We break down how Opening Week went for each team:

San Diego Padres (2-4)

You could not imagine a worse beginning to the season than the Padres endured in their opening series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Padres were outscored 25-0 in three games to set the Major League record for most scoreless runs to begin a season. But the Padres quickly turned it around at Coors Field in Denver, exploding for 29 runs in the first two games of the series to take two of three games from the Colorado Rockies.

Good news: Matt Kemp leads the team with nine hits, three home runs and 10 runs batted in to go along with a .360 batting average.

San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies
Matt Kemp had three home runs and 10 RBI against the Colorado Rockies over the weekend.
Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Bad news: The Padres put Tyson Ross on the 15-day disabled list because of right shoulder inflammation.

The Padres head to Philadelphia for a four-game series beginning on Monday.

San Francisco Giants (5-2)

The Giants, who many expect to contend for an NL West division crown, have gotten off to a fast start behind the arm of Johnny Cueto and a potent offense, which leads the majors in runs through Sunday.

Cueto is currently 2-0 with a 1.29 WHIP in 14 innings, while the offense is led by catcher Buster Posey’s .391 batting average and two home runs. The Giants took two of three games on the road against the Milwaukee Brewers to open the season before winning three of four at home against division rival Los Angeles Dodgers.

Next up for the Giants is a six-game road trip against the Colorado Rockies and Dodgers.

Los Angeles Dodgers (4-3)

Every San Diego Padres fan knows how the Dodgers began their season: outscoring the Padres 25-0 in three games for a dominating sweep.

The Dodgers came back to earth in their next series, losing three of four games to the Giants. The biggest surprise of the Dodgers’ season so far was the major league debut of rookie Ross Stripling, who was pulled in the eighth inning of his no-hitter. The Giants went on to win 3-2 in 10 innings on Brandon Crawford’s home run.

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants
Rookie Ross Stripling is removed in the eighth inning of a no-hitter.
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After beginning the season with two road series, the Dodgers battle the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday for their season opener.

Colorado Rockies (3-3)

The biggest story in Major League Baseball this week has been the emergence of Rockies shortstop Trevor Story.

Story became the first player in baseball history to homer in the first four games of his career and now holds the record for most home runs in a six-game stretch with seven. The shortstop has 12 RBI in six games. But Story isn’t the only player enjoying the long ball; the Rockies lead the majors with 17 home runs through Sunday.

MLB: San Diego Padres at Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story has hit seven home runs in six games this season.
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The Rockies dropped two of three to the Padres over the weekend, allowing 29 runs in the first two games of the season. Colorado welcomes the Giants to town on Tuesday.

Arizona Diamondbacks (2-5)

The Zack Greinke era began with a thud as the 206.5 million-dollar man opened the season with one of the worst games of his career. Greinke lasted only four innings, giving up nine hits, three home runs and seven earned runs.

After losing two of three games to the Colorado Rockies to begin the season, Arizona dropped three of its next four games at home to the Chicago Cubs.

To make matters worse, outfielder A.J. Pollock will not resume baseball activities for at least three months and may possibly miss the entire season after fracturing his right elbow in an April 1st exhibition game against the Kansas City Royals.

The Diamondbacks begin a 10-game road trip on Tuesday in Los Angeles.