The NL West, a division dominated by the Giants and the Dodgers, has some new faces up top right now. The Diamondbacks under first year manager Torey Lovullo have started off 17-12 and have 6 everyday players hitting over .300 right now, lead by AJ Pollock and Paul Goldschmidt. Zack Grienke looks a lot better than he did last season and although Shelby Miller is probably down for the season, they have pitching that can help carry them over. Right now there stats look like this
2-2, 3.19 ERA, 40 SO, 1.23 WHIP
2-3, 2.29 ERA, 30 SO, 1.27 WHIP
3-1, 4.19 ERA, 39 SO, 1.28 WHIP
2-2, 3.47 ERA, 49 SO, 1.27 WHIP
The 5th starter as of right now is Brandon Shipley who takes the mound tonight for the Diamondbacks but we can see what they can get out of him. My concerns for the Diamondbacks long-term success is the bullpen. Fernando Rodney is their closer at the moment who currently post upwards of an 11.00 ERA, which is awful. Those 4 starters however are quality starters and hopefully they can keep up this kind of performance because the Diamondbacks have the offensive pieces to achieve success out west.
Now for the Rockies.
I’ll be honest, I love the Rockies. I think the players that they have in place to succeed for a long time, despite not having a great free agent market. Speaking of free agents thought, Ian Desmond came back and smacked the shit out of the ball last night in Seattle for two ding-dongs. I’m an Ian Desmond guy, I think he can still play SS, but with having Trevor Story you don’t need him there, you need him other places. An OF of Desmond, Car-Go, and Blackmon has to be one of the better units in baseball and I think the Rockies have a better chance to stick around out West than the Diamondbacks.
However the concern with the Rockies is always their pitching and it’s time for them to try and acquire some to keep themselves in the hunt. They play half their games at Coors Field where the ball just soars out of that park, they need a truly good starter if they want to get a taste of postseason baseball. I’m a pretty big baseball player and I think I’d have a better chance of telling you the name of a starting NFL long snapper than a single pitcher in the Rockies rotation. Seriously I did the research and I did not know a single name, but the long snapper for the Patriots is Joe Cardona and I didn’t look that up.
Anyways, these teams are both 5-5 in their last 10 games and who knows if they can keep the success up, but for now, they deserve your respect.