Ticket sales should be brisk this September at
They gained a game on the Dodgers. The Giants have not led the Dodgers since May 29, but San Francisco is within 1 1/2 games of first place.
The Dodgers played five games last week, losing them all. And the footsteps are growing louder from teams presumed to be the walking dead: the
Of all the mid-season trades in the NL West, the Diamondbacks might have made the one with the greatest impact.
The Dodgers acquired seven players on July 30 alone, headlined by the arrivals of starting pitchers Mat Latos and Alex Wood. Second baseman
The Giants, with a measured and targeted approach, acquired starting pitcher
On June 3, the Diamondbacks made a trade largely viewed this way: The
Of the four players sent to Arizona, catcher
The Diamondbacks did not start him when they got him. However, in a season in which Arizona has used six starting catchers, Castillo has outlasted the likes of Tuffy Gosewisch and Jarrod Saltlamacchia -- and emerged as vital force in the lineup.
Castillo, 28, has 15 home runs in 54 games for the Diamondbacks. The only Arizona player with more: All-Star
Of the NL West players with at least 200 plate appearances for their team, there are two with an OPS+ above 145 -- a statistic that adjusts for park and league factors, with 100 representing league average.