Arizona Diamondbacks to Remain Average in 2014

Doug Upstone

Friday, March 7, 2014 7:28 PM UTC

Friday, Mar. 7, 2014 7:28 PM UTC

Join us as we take an early look at the Arizona Diamondbacks to try and predict what the 2014 season has in store. Let's look at the projected win total in hopes of locking downs some early MLB picks.

Arizona – Projected Win Total Ov81 wins – 4th in the NL West

The past two seasons Arizona has finished 81-81 and guess what the projected season win total is, yep, you are correct. You do not have to be a MLB baseball handicapper to understand this is an average team and if you are making sports picks, you play on or against them depending how they are playing over a certain period.

Aside from Paul Goldschmidt, the Diamondbacks batting order is, well, pretty average. Nobody is going to get too excited about 2B Aaron Hill, 3B Martin Prado or RF Gerardo Parra on a lineup card.

The D-Backs added power to help Goldschmidt with Mark Trumbo, who could hit 40 over the fence in hitter-friendly Chase Field, but he will also cause a breeze striking out 175 to 195 times.

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Beyond Patrick Corbin, who has a chance to be a real stud, starters like Trevor Cahill, Brandon McCarthy, Bronson Arroyo and Wade Miley are not going to move the excitement meter.

The bullpen has possibilities with newly acquired Addison Reed from the White Sox to go with J.J. Putz and Brad Zielger, yet each is capable of being sterling and or blowing saves.  

Game Notes – Patrick Corbin gave up two runs on four hits in four innings, striking out four and walking two. While his command was not impeccable, his new changeup paid dividends in getting batters out. …Lefty Joe Paterson was battered for three runs on four hits, including Moustakas home run in which Parra never took a step to go back in right field. 

MLB Season Prospects – Overall the Snakes look like they will win 79-83 games and be an ordinary team.

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