2016 Arizona Diamondbacks Preview, Lineup, Win Total, Odds, Prediction
2016 Arizona Diamondbacks
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The Arizona Diamondbacks hope to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2011 season and expectations continue to rise with some respectable talent being added to the mix. After coming up just short of a .500 record last year, the Diamondbacks hope they can take that next step in the NL West.
Key Additions: Zack Greinke, Shelby Miller, Tyler Clippard and Jean Segura
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Key Losses: David Hernandez, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Chase Anderson, Jeremy Hellickson and Ender Inciarte
Last season, the Arizona Diamondbacks had one of the worst starting pitching rotations in the big leagues, but the additions of Greinke and Miller is sure to help fix that in a big way. With Patrick Corbin also still in the mix, the D-Backs ERA of 4.04 last season should be trimmed down significantly, as they get closer or above league average.
It also helps that the Diamondbacks have a solid bullpen, which includes closer Brad Zeigler who had a ground ball rate of 72 percent, and a setup man in Daniel Hudson who struck out 9.44 per nine innings. Needless to say, I think Arizona’s pitching staff isn’t going to be as big of a liability as it was a season ago.
Offensively, Paul Goldschmidt is a potential Triple Crown and MVP winner, as he’s improved every season and is quickly emerging as one of those guys who is a lock for 100 RBI and 30-plus homers. A.J. Pollock is coming off his best season yet with 192 hits, and he struck out just 89 times in 673 at bats. David Peralta is another guy who gets on base quite a bit and should be able to use his speed once again to his advantage in this bigger ballpark.
Welington Castillo is one of the better home run hitters at the catcher position and Chris Owings should improve his plate discipline after his first full season in the big leagues.
Last season, Arizona finished fourth last season in hits and ninth in RBI, numbers that shouldn’t change much with a lineup that has this much talent returning.
Over/Under Win Total: 84.5
The Diamondbacks were able to win 79 games last season, and that’s with a pitching staff that didn’t do them many favors. With additions to their staff, the D-Backs are a team to watch out for and a serious threat at a playoff spot. I like the Diamondbacks to top this projected win total.