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NL West Notes: Gray has slider back, Scully's career winding down

Here's what's happening around the National League West.

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

After a long period of foiling, Colorado's Jon Gray might have regained his greatest weapon. It's fooling, and drops several inches on its way to a strikeout.

Gray's slider is one of the most effective in baseball, and might even be one of the best pitches in the game, period. Gray had struggled for some time, but it's safe to say his mojo is back after a September 17 start that, statistically, was the greatest in Rockies history.

Gray uses his nasty slider 41% of the time with two strikes, making for an out-pitch that rivals any other in baseball. The Rockies have to be hopeful about this masterful performance as they look ahead to next season.

Here's what else is happening around the National League West:

The Dodgers honored Vin Scully as he prepares to finish off a career that has rivaled any other in American history, essentially.

Pitch made its debut this week on Fox on Thursday night, as a woman takes the mound for the Padres.

Five years after clinching the NL West, the Diamondbacks are wondering what the heck happened.

One Giants fan examines the idea of closers being too overvalued in late-season acquisitions.

Scott Kazmir was pulled after just one inning Friday night, as his right side woes continued.

German Marquez is becoming a bright spot with the Rockies, who appear to get stronger in the pitching department by the day.

Ryan Schimpf carries power that is giving Padres fans reasons to smile as the season winds down.

Jean Segura has made strides over the course of the season.

Johnny Cueto is dealing with groin issues, but they should be kicked before long.