Colorado Rockies: NL West Preview Series – Arizona Diamondbacks

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 30: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the top of the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oracle Park on June 30, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 30: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the top of the first inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oracle Park on June 30, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Ketel Marte #4 of the Arizona Diamondbacks in action against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 12, 2019 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Diamondbacks 11-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 12: Ketel Marte #4 of the Arizona Diamondbacks in action against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 12, 2019 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Diamondbacks 11-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

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A lot of that production stemmed from Ketel’s breakout season that saw the former Mariner explode for a .981 OPS in 144 games, demolishing his previous career-high of .768. He clubbed 32 home runs, also a career-high, and finished 4th in National League MVP voting.

Starling brings a hot bat to the desert following a productive final season with the Bucs. He slashed .295/.342/.503 with a .845 OPS in 132 games last year, and gave the Pirates a boost of 3.0 wins, according to FanGraphs‘ fWAR. His 119 wRC+ was his highest mark since 2016, and he swiped 25 bases as well.

Calhoun rebounded nicely from a dreadful 2018, slashing .232/.325/.467 with a 108 wRC+ and 2.5 fWAR. Those last two are drastic improvements from two years ago when he posted 79 and 0.0 in those categories, respectively.

If this were shaping up to be a normal season, I would expect Arizona to improve upon their 85-win total from a year ago. With the season currently on hold due to COVID-19 concerns and no estimated start date on the horizon, it’s difficult to know how many games we will see played in 2020, and what the postseason structure will look like.

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Before Spring Training started, though, Arizona was viewed as a trendy Wild Card pick, and I believe their offseason moves make another postseason berth in Phoenix very likely in the next few years.

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