(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the 15th of 30 major league baseball previews leading up to the opening game on Sunday, April 3. On deck: Cleveland Indians.
Last year we learned just how good the New York Mets and Chicago Cubs were compared to the previous season. This year’s top candidate to fill that role in the National League may just be Arizona.
Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook understand this, which is why the Diamondbacks are a respectable 25-1 to win the World Series, something the Snakes accomplished for the only time 15 years ago.
Some teams sat back in the offseason. Not Arizona. GM Dave Stewart went full throttle with signings that should make a huge difference for a franchise that finished 79-83 a year ago. The D’backs are projected for 82 wins. We think they will exceed that and then some.
The major offseason signing was Zack Greinke from the Dodgers who LA certainly did not want to lose. Greinke could win 20 games with his stuff and supported by an offense led by Paul Goldschmidt, the best player in the NL you never hear much about.
Goldy led Arizona in virtually every offensive category and the best news of all was that the first baseman missed only four games in 2015. If he stays healthy, expect another season of at least 33 homers, 110 RBI, a .321 batting average and a .435 on base percentage.
Unlike past years, Goldy is not the entire offense. Yasmani Tomas and A.J. Pollock have All Star potential. Shortstop Jean Segura was brought in from Milwaukee and right-hander Shelby Miller arrives as a solid No. 2 behind Greinke.
Where it goes right: That the D’backs finally win a season series against the Dodgers, who have owned them the past few seasons within the division.
Where it goes wrong: That Arizona does not have any major injuries that rob them of Greinke or Goldschmidt for any length of time.
Projection: Beware of the Snakes. Yes spring training means nothing, but the D’backs lead the Cactus League at 13-4. We think that will carry over to the regular season.