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Around the NL West: Opening Month

Three teams are tied for first in the NL West after one month of play.

San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers

The first month of the 2016 season is officially in the books. After May 1, here are the standings for the National League West.

Colorado Rockies (12-12)

Three teams are tied atop the NL West with a .500 winning percentage: the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and... the Colorado Rockies.

Colorado's surprise start to the season can largely be attributed to the left side of their infield: shortstop Trevor Story and third baseman Nolan Arenado.

Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks
Story hit 10 home runs in the month of April.
Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

Arenado leads the NL with 23 runs scored, 11 home runs and 25 runs batted in, while Story hit 10 home runs in the month of April, tied for the most home runs in April by a rookie in Major League Baseball history.

The Rockies lead the MLB with 39 home runs this season.

San Francisco Giants (13-13)

The trio of Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija has proven to be a good one for the Giants.

The three starting pitchers have combined for 10 wins and an average ERA of 3.18. Cueto leads the team with a 4-1 record and a 2.65 ERA.

The problem has been the rest of the starting rotation: Jake Peavy and Matt Cain. Peavy is 1-2 with an 8.61 ERA, while Cain is 0-3 with a 7.00 ERA.

Hunter Pence has largely carried the offense, leading the team with five home runs and 22 RBI.

Los Angeles Dodgers (13-13)

Two words: Clayton Kershaw.

San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers
Kershaw is 3-1 with a 1.96 ERA this season.
Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

The ace leads the NL with 54 strikeouts and a 0.72 WHIP. On May 1, he struck out 14 Padres in a three-hit, complete-game shutout.

Japanese rookie Kenta Maeda has complemented Kershaw well, leading all rookie pitchers with a 1.41 ERA, 28 strikeouts and 32 innings pitched.

First baseman Adrian Gonzalez leads the Dodgers with 15 RBI, but has only hit three home runs.

The Dodgers were 12-7 before losing six straight the last week of April to finish April with a 12-13 record.

Arizona Diamondbacks (12-15)

Arizona certainly did not expect their starting rotation to post the second worst ERA in April at 5.62 after signing Zack Greinke and trading for Shelby Miller.

To make matters worse, no starting pitcher this season has an ERA lower than 4.18.

Shortstop Jean Segura has turned in a good season thus far, leading the club with a .333 batting average and 37 hits. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt's .239 batting average is disappointing, but still leads the team with six home runs and 16 RBI.

Arizona finished April with a record of 12-14.

San Diego Padres (9-16)

It has been a tough start to the 2016 season for the Padres, who sit in the cellar of the NL West with a 9-16 record. That's no surprise when they own separate losing streaks of 3 games, 4 games and 5 games.

Wil Myers has been a bright spot for the Friars, leading the team with 30 hits, 14 runs and a .300 batting average.

San Diego Padres v Los Angeles Dodgers
Matt Kemp (left) and Wil Myers have been bright spots for the Padres this season.

Matt Kemp has also started the season well with seven home runs and 19 RBI, but there are few bright spots after that.

Opening Day starter Tyson Ross has not pitched since, and James Shields is still searching for his first win of the season.

Closer Fernando Rodney is 4-for-4 in save opportunities and has not allowed an earned run in eight appearances.