I'm sure most of you tire about hearing how if the giants were in a real division like the NL East that they would have shot of cwinning. Here is a recent SI article about how the NL East is the best division in baseball because 4 teams have a chance at the post season and the quote "David Wright, Roy Halladay and Hanley Ramirez also play in the NL East". All the while the top three contenders for the wild card as of today all come from the NL West. They may have David Wright, Roy Halladay and Hanley Ramirez but the NL West is just if not more loaded with stars. Every team in the division except san diego has a true number one type ace and san diego makes up for that in quality. No other division in baseball can claim to have to deal with the amount of quality pitching that we do. But it;s our co aces that truly separate us. Philly has Halladay, The mets have santana, marlins josh johnson, nats have strasburg, and the braves have hudson. But after that its alot more shakey while in the Nl west we have matt cain, billingsley, and brandon webb when healthy. Bullpen wise too I think we have the other divisions beat. Broxton, Bell, Wilson, and Street are all great closers. Hell half the padres bullpen could prolly close. The dbacks are horrible in that regard yes but the NL Central and East combine to have that many great closers: Lidge, K-rod, Cordero, and Wagner.
And the bats arn't that shabby either. Colorado and Los Angeles are among the top ten in the MLB in runs scores but no NL East team is. There are two NL Central teams also in the top ten, the reds and brewers, but
neither of them have the pitching that the dodgers or los angeles has. In fairness the Dodgers and Reds have almost the exact team era but the dodgers have almost 120 more strikouts than the red leading me to believe the reds numbers are a little more fluky. And its not just recently either. The NL west is the only division in BASEBALL to have all five members make it the world series in the past 25 years. We also have the most NL Wild card winners with 6 to the Central's 5 and the East coming in Last with 4. Top to bottom the NL West is easily the best division in the league and I would argue has been for some time.