LOS ANGELES -- The first team manager Joe Torre spoke of when asked who would win the National League West on Thursday was the Colorado Rockies.
"You know, to me, Colorado looks like the most balanced team -- the pitching, the right-handed hitting, the left-handed hitting," Torre said. "They right now may have two of the hottest hitters in baseball in [Carlos] Gonzalez and [Troy] Tulowitzki. You talk about a one-two punch."
The Padres are tied with the Giants, who beat the Cubs, 13-0, on Thursday for first. The Rockies are three games out.
Playing off a comparison he heard on the radio Thursday, Torre said the Giants look like the old Oakland Raiders: They don't rattle and they have veterans who have had success in other places. The biggest difference-maker for Torre, though, has been Giants catcher Buster Posey.
"I think he's the Rookie of the Year," Torre said.
The Padres could sweep a three-game set from the Dodgers on Thursday, but Torre worried about how their pitching will hold up.
"When you have young pitching, you wonder at what point are they going to get a little tired," he said. "They're not used to it. I think they're a sound ballclub."
Even the Rockies, though, left Torre a little puzzled. Colorado entered the day 31-45 on the road. The Dodgers, who are six games under .500 and in fourth place, are 31-44 on the road.
"They can't win unless they're home," Torre said. "It's crazy. Our records are the same on the road, which is nuts for a club that's getting close to doing something."