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Baseball ’92 NL West Capsules

March 27, 1992

--- Los Angeles Dodgers Home:. Dodger Stadium. M (AP) _ - Los Angeles Dodgers Home:. Dodger Stadium. Manager:. Tommy Lasorda. 1991 Record:. 93-69, 2nd. Key Arrivals:. Eric Davis, left fielder; Tom Candiotti, pitcher; Todd Benzinger, first baseman; Rudy Seanez, reliever. Key Departures:. Eddie Murray, first baseman; Mike Morgan, pitcher; Tim Belcher, pitcher; John Wetteland, pitcher; Chris Gwynn, outfielder. Popular Prospect:. Eric Karros, first baseman. Outlook:. Davis and Darryl Strawberry are finally together. Whether that’s a good thing remains to be seen. Strawberry says all is well and is looking for big things. Kal Daniels moves from outfield to first base. Key Stat:. Brett Butler led the league in runs scored for the second time in his career, becoming the first player since Arky Vaughn to lead the NL in that category as a member of two different clubs. He also led the majors with 61 infield hits last season.

--- Cincinnati Reds Home:. Riverfront Stadium. Manager:. Lou Piniella. 1991 Record:. 74-88, 5th. Key Arrivals:. Greg Swindell, pitcher; Tim Belcher, pitcher; Bip Roberts, infielder-outfielder; Dave Martinez, outfielder; Scott Bankhead, pitcher; Scott Ruskin, reliever. Key Departures:. Eric Davis, outfielder; Jack Armstrong, pitcher; Scott Scudder, pitcher; Kip Gross, pitcher; Randy Myers, reliever. Popular Prospect:. Reggie Sanders, outfielder. Outlook:. Many consider the Reds favorites in the West because of a rotation of Jose Rijo, Tom Browning, Belcher and Swindell. The Reds are concerned about Rob Dibble’s sore right shoulder. If Dibble is sidelined, Norm Charlton could emerge as the stopper in the bullpen. Sanders has been impressive in spring training. Key Stat:. The 1991 Reds were only the fourth team in major league history with a shortstop (Larkin) and a third baseman (Sabo) who both had slugging averages of .500 or higher.

--- San Francisco Giants Home:. Candlestick Park. Manager:. Roger Craig. 1991 Record. 75-87,. 4th. Key Arrivals:. Bill Swift, pitcher; Mike Jackson, pitcher; Dave Burba, pitcher; Chris James, outfielder. Key Departures:. Kevin Mitchell, outfielder. Popular Prospect:. Royce Clayton, shortstop. Outlook:. With slugger Kevin Mitchell gone, first baseman Will Clark (.301, 29 HRs, 116 RBIs) and third baseman Matt Williams (34 HRs, 98 RBIs) will be counted on to hit even more home runs. The middle infield could have a new look with Royce Clayton at shortstop and John Patterson at second. If the rookies falter, Robby Thompson and Jose Uribe are still around. ... The Giants need another .300-plus season from Willie McGee. Key Stat:. Bud Black and John Burkett led a beleaguered pitching staff with three complete games each.

--- San Diego Padres Home:. Jack Murphy Stadium. Manager:. Greg Riddoch. 1991 Record:. 84-78, 3rd. Key Arrivals:. Randy Myers, reliever; Craig Worthington, third baseman; Gary Sheffield, infielder. Key Departures:. Bip Roberts, infielder-outfielder. Popular Prospect:. Dan Walters, catcher. Outlook:. There are too many holes in the Padres’ lineup to think they will play much above .500 ball. There’s Fred McGriff, Tony Gwynn, Benito Santiago and a lot of inconsistent hitting after that. Sheffield may help. Key Stat:. Gwynn is trying to become the first NL player since Stan Musial (1941-58) to hit .300 or better in 10 straight seasons.

--- Houston Astros Home:. Astrodome. Manager:. Art Howe. 1991 Record:. 65-97, 6th. Key Arrivals:. Eddie Taubensee, catcher; Willie Blair, pitcher; Pete Incaviglia, outfielder; Doug Jones, reliever. Incaviglia and Jones were signed to minor league contracts. Key Departures:. Kenny Lofton, outfielder; Dave Rohde, infielder. Popular Prospect:. Jeff Juden, pitcher. Outlook:. The Astros tied a club record with 97 losses in 1991, but that’s also the number Atlanta lost in 1990. So there’s always hope. The big experiment of the new seasons is moving catcher Craig Biggio to second base. Houston is rebuilding with youth and the infield is actually quite good with Rookie of the Year Jeff Bagwell (.294, 15 HRs, 82 RBIs) at first, the transplanted Biggio (.295) at second, Andujar Cedeno at shortstop and Ken Caminiti (13 HRs, 80 RBIs) at third. Key Stat:. The last-place Astros were 37-44 at home in 1991 and a miserable 28-53 on the road. Because of the GOP convention, Houston has a 26-game, 28- day road trip scheduled to start in late July.

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- Key Stats provided by 1992 Elias Baseball Analyst.

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