2013 MLB Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. NL West
With the season starting on Monday for the Arizona Diamondbacks, it’s time for me to do my divisional preview from the Diamondbacks standpoint.
The San Francisco Giants are going to be very good this season. They will be defending their World Series title, and have returned all of their players from last season. The Giants are going to be very difficult to defeat this season.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have spent the most money in the division and all of baseball this off season to field a team of superstars at every position. They have plenty of talent, but only time will tell if the talent they have assembled will amount to success this season. The Dodgers will be tough team to face but they are beatable.
The San Diego Padres did not do much this offseason to improve their team from a year ago. They will be without their offensive leader from a year ago in third baseman Chase Headley for the first month of the season, as he nurses a thumb injury he suffered in spring training.
The Padres will also be without their catcher Yasmani Grandal for the first 50 games of the season because he tested positive for a banned substance. They will will finish the season around .500, and Arizona should have no problem beating them.
That leaves the Colorado Rockies, who an offense that will keep them in games, but it is the pitching staff that will be their downfall. The Rockies starting rotation had an abysmal 5.81 ERA last season, which was last in MLB.
All in all, I would expect the Diamondbacks to easily beat the Rockies, Padres and Dodgers. The Giants are going to be tough, but a wild card berth is not out of the question for the Diamondbacks in 2013.