Coming in at number seven my pick to take home the NL West Crown the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Projected Record: 93-69 1st in the NL West (NL WEST Champs)
Potential Lineup: CF Pollock #11, 2B Segura #2 , 3B Lamb #19, 1B Goldschmidt #44, C Castillo #7, LF Peralta #6, RF Tomas #24, SS Ahmed #13, Pitcher
Potential Rotation: 1.Greinke #21, 2.Corbin #46, 3.Miller #26, 4.De La Rosa #12, 5.Ray #38
Potential Bullpen: CL Ziegler #29, 8th Clippard #19, 7th Hudson #41 Mid Relief: Chafin #40, Delgado #48, Reynolds #45, Collmenter #55
Potential Bench: C Gosewich #8, C/OF Herrmann #10, IF Owings #16, IF Gosselin #15, OF Brito #19
After finishing with the worst record in the majors in 2014 the Diamondbacks rebounded in 2015 winning 79 games a 15 win increase from the 64 win 2014. Arizona will be looking to not just build on their descent 2015, but look to be a World Series Contender in 2016, after retooling their starting pitching staff, adding a key bullpen piece, and already having one of the best offenses in the majors. The D-Backs finished 8th in the Majors and Second in the National League in runs scored a year ago. In great thanks to superstar First Basemen Paul Goldschmidt who seems to be an MVP candidate every season. Goldschmidt batted .321 slugged 33 homers, and drove in 110 runs. The Diamondbacks also had a second superstar emerge in A.J. Pollack. Pollack had an all star year batting .315, with 20 homers, and 76 RBI’s along with gold glove winning defense. The rest of the Arizona lineup features a ton of young talent like the newly acquired Jean Segura, and outfielder David Peralta who batted .312, and drove in 78 runs in 2015. The Diamondbacks is so young, and so talented and should be stellar again in 2016. As for the starting rotation the Snakes finished 23rd in starting ERA. Well that’s about to change the team signed Zack Greinke to a mega deal worth 34 million dollars per year Greinke posted a .166 ERA, with a 19-3 record, and 200 strikeouts and was the starting pitcher for the National League in the all star game. Greinke however was not the only addition made in the starting rotation. Arizona also traded for 2015 All Star Shelby Miller just 25 years old Miller pitched to a 3.02 ERA in 2015 in Atlanta and is still very young and under team control for quite a while. While Greinke and Miller will anchor the starting staff the team still has Patrick Corbin a one time all star, and Rubby De La Rosa on the starting staff, along with a solid five starter in Robbie Ray which should mean the Diamondbacks pitching staff should be greatly improved in 2016. As for the bullpen the D-Backs finished 13th in bullpen ERA a season ago which is not too bad. The team added to their pen by signing Tyler Clippard who with the A’s and Mets combined last season pitched to a 2.92 ERA. He will join Brad Ziegler who stepped up as the team’s closer pitching to a 1.85 ERA and saving 30/32 opportunites. With such an improved pitching staff and a young offense that already is great the Diamondbacks should have a fantastic 2016 season that could win them their first NL West Title since 2011.