The Diamondbacks have been a competitive team over the last three seasons, but they missed the playoffs in 2018 (82-80) and 2019 (85-77). In the team’s 22-year history, Arizona has one World Series title and six trips to the postseason.
They signed SP Madison Bumgarner to a five-year $85 million contract in mid-December. RP Junior Guerra and RP Hector Rondon were added to the bullpen over the winter via free agency. The Pirates shipped OF Starling Marte to Arizona for SS Liover Peguero and SP Brennan Malone. The Diamondbacks invested in OF Kole Calhoun to take over in right field while taking two shots for their backup catching job – Stephen Vogt and John Hicks.
Arizona scored 813 runs (13th), which was 120 more than in 2018. They ranked 19th in home runs (220) and 11th in RBI (778). The Cardinals gave up 97 more runs (743) than they allowed in 2018 (644), leading to a drop to 12th in ERA (4.25). Their closers had 45 saves.
On most nights in 2020, Arizona will wheel out a competitive option to start. Their starting pitching staff has both experience and upside. The health of Luke Weaver and the development of Zac Gallen would be keys to their push toward…