Weekly Hitter Rankings: Focus on the NL West

Weekly Hitter Rankings: Focus on the NL West

This article is part of our Weekly Hitter Rankings series.

The NL West is usually associated with good pitching in run-suppressing ballparks (except Coors Field), but this week offense is the story. Not only are the Rockies home all week, hosting a pair of divisional brethren, a Tuesday twin bill gives the Diamondbacks and Dodgers eight games for the period.

All told, there are a hefty 98 games on the docket, with several early-season and lockout makeups populating Monday's slate.

The Dodgers play all eight of their tilts at home. Of the dozen clubs with seven games, the Orioles and Rays join Colorado with a week sleeping in their own beds. The Cubs, Astros, Giants and Mariners will be living out of their suitcase for their septets.

The Cardinals are ticketed to face five left-handed starters, favoring Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado in their quest for NL MVP. Oh yeah, there's another right-handed hitter donning a Redbirds uniform who has a vested interest in facing southpaw pitching.

UPDATED: Monday September 19 1:10 AM ET

Week of September 19 - 25

MLB Hitting Rankings

KEY (100 neutral)

  • HR LHB/HR RHB - Average HR Park Factors
  • SB - Stolen Base Index
  • P LHB/P RHB - Opposing pitcher quality index
  • Runs - Runs scoring index
TMGMSvLHPvRHPHOMEAWAYHR LHBHR RHBSBP LHBP RHBRUNSAVE LHBAVE RHBTOTAL
1ARZ84435106102109999210610399101
2ATL73434112111109104

The NL West is usually associated with good pitching in run-suppressing ballparks (except Coors Field), but this week offense is the story. Not only are the Rockies home all week, hosting a pair of divisional brethren, a Tuesday twin bill gives the Diamondbacks and Dodgers eight games for the period.

All told, there are a hefty 98 games on the docket, with several early-season and lockout makeups populating Monday's slate.

The Dodgers play all eight of their tilts at home. Of the dozen clubs with seven games, the Orioles and Rays join Colorado with a week sleeping in their own beds. The Cubs, Astros, Giants and Mariners will be living out of their suitcase for their septets.

The Cardinals are ticketed to face five left-handed starters, favoring Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado in their quest for NL MVP. Oh yeah, there's another right-handed hitter donning a Redbirds uniform who has a vested interest in facing southpaw pitching.

UPDATED: Monday September 19 1:10 AM ET

Week of September 19 - 25

MLB Hitting Rankings

KEY (100 neutral)

  • HR LHB/HR RHB - Average HR Park Factors
  • SB - Stolen Base Index
  • P LHB/P RHB - Opposing pitcher quality index
  • Runs - Runs scoring index
TMGMSvLHPvRHPHOMEAWAYHR LHBHR RHBSBP LHBP RHBRUNSAVE LHBAVE RHBTOTAL
1ARZ84435106102109999210610399101
2ATL73434112111109104104121106106106
3BAL734701131231039294108101103102
4BOS624061181101219210091969998
5CHC716078977861061041081009899
6CHW6246012310770999890999798
7CIN6066011611810610510198104102103
8CLE7161611310410796101104100101101
9COL7257012311911910396132110106108
10DET6060611811510510298981009899
11HOU7160710211194999898989898
12KC6156084809710010191979797
13LAA725161039913095105107100103102
14LAD835801121068794103122104107106
15MIA6246080751101031079299100100
16MIL72534113112115104106112105106106
17MIN734349290130105103113104103104
18NYM6330698981171039989989798
19NYY615601191069010210397102101102
20OAK615608590112949076949394
21PHI60660122126107959485999999
22PIT624421038894999590989496
23SD6153310210574105107105100101101
24SF7160711110986107105127105104105
25SEA734079087103109107110103102103
26STL64206979987969683939393
27TB707708895103979696999999
28TEX61560105102831021029410099100
29TOR633069910585999583949394
30WSH624069083115939980929493

Pitching Matchups

TeamMONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
ARZ@Kershaw L@Grove R/Anderson L@May R@Urias LCobb RJunis RRodon L
ATLAbbott RCorbin LGray. R@Suarez L@Nola R@Falter L@Gibson R
BALAlexander LWentz LManning RVerlander RUrquidy RValdez LGarcia R
BOS @Lodolo L@Anderson R@German R@Taillon R@Cole R@Cortes Jr. L
CHC@Cabrera R@Lopez R@Luzardo L@Keller R@Wilson R@Oviedo R@Ortiz R
CHW Civale RMcKenzie RBieber RRodriguez LHutchison RAlexander L
CIN Bello RSeabold RWoodruff RAlexander RBurnes RLindblom R
CLEGray R@Cease R@Lynn R@Giolito R@Gray R@Otto R@Ragans L
COLJunis RRodon LWebb RHjelle RDarvish RManaea LClevinger R
DET@Wells R@Voth R@Lyles R @Cueto R@Martin R@Cease R
HOU@Rasmussen R@McClanahan L@Kluber R@Bradish R@Kremer R@Wells R@Voth R
KC Bundy ROber RWinder RGonzales LGilbert RCastillo R
LAAGilbert R@Ragans L@Dunning R@Perez L@Ryan R@Gray R@Bundy R
LADKelly RDavies R/Jameson RBumgarner LGallen RQuintana LMontgomery LWainwright R
MIAMiley LSampson RSmyly L Fedde RSanchez. RAbbott R
MILScherzer RCarrasco RWalker R@Minor L@Greene R@Cessa R@Lodolo L
MIN@Quantrill R@Greinke R@Lynch L@Heasley ROhtani RDetmers LSuarez L
NYM@Burnes R@Lindblom R@Houser R @Irvin L@Waldichuk L@Sears L
NYY Ortiz RContreras RWacha RHill LPivetta RBello R
OAK Castillo RRay LKirby RBassitt RdeGrom RScherzer R
PHI Stripling RGausman ROdorizzi RStrider RWright RMorton R
PIT @Cortes Jr. L@Severino RStroman RWesneski RAssad RMiley L
SD Wainwright RMikolas RFlaherty R@Feltner R@Kuhl R@Freeland L
SEA@Suarez L@Sears L@Kaprielian R@Martinez R@Singer R@Bubic L@Greinke R
SF@Kuhl R@Freeland L@Marquez R@Urena R@Nelson R@Kelly R@Davies R
STL @Clevinger R@Snell L@Musgrove R@Heaney L@Kershaw L@Anderson L
TBGarcia RJavier RMcCullers RBerrios RManoah RWhite RStripling R
TEX Mayers RSandoval LLorenzen RMorris RQuantrill RCivale R
TOR @Gibson R@Wheeler R@Yarbrough L@Springs L@Rasmussen R@McClanahan L
WSH@Wright R@Morton R@Fried L @Rogers L@Alcantara R@Cabrera R

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