A month in a half in: NL West edition

I promised to pump out a few season-so-far recaps for each division a week or so ago but was side tracked by improving the site's features.

Back to the grind with an NL West breakdown:

The Los Angeles Dodgers were my pick to click in this division and so far things are looking good despite left fielder Manny Ramirez' suspension.

The Dodgers (27-13) have hovered around .500 since ManRam's departure but it hasn't mattered as they still hold a 6.5 game lead on the San Francisco Giants. The Giants are the only team in the division with a record above .500 (19-18).

Things shouldn't change any time soon either.

The Dodgers are shaky with first baseman James Loney hurting and struggling along with Ramirez being gone until July but every other team in this division has too many questions.

Really, there is only one other possible contender, the Giants, and they simply don't have the offense needed to win a division.

My guess is that Los Angeles wins this comfortably and could challenge for a pennant if Ramirez comes back focused on winning and brushing aside the b.s. from earlier in the season.