2020 Arizona Diamondbacks Predictions and Odds to Win the World Series
Over the last several years, the Diamondbacks have proven that they are better than people think and that they are good enough to compete with the top tier in the National League. They’ve also proven that over the course of 162 games, though, they simply don’t have enough talent to take that next step and join the top tier themselves.
Arizona has finished above .500 for three straight seasons, including winning 85 games in 2019. All that have to show for that run of successful campaigns is one playoff appearance that ended in a 3-0 divisional round sweep.
This is obviously going to be a unique Major League Baseball season. And I think that puts Arizona in an intriguing situation. Over a full season, their shortcomings get exploited. But in a condensed campaign, they could be a dangerous team in the N.L. race.
Arizona Diamondbacks 2020 Projected Lineup (updated expert MLB picks daily)
1. Starling Marte – OF
2. Ketel Marte – 2B
3. Eduardo Escobar – 3B
4. Christian Walker – 1B
5. David Peralta – OF
6. Kole Calhoun – OF
7. Nick Ahmed – SS
8. Carson Kelly – C
Eduardo Escobar did an outstanding job replacing the production from departed star Paul Goldschmidt. Escobar was a revelation last year, cranking 35 home runs and 118 RBI while hitting .269. The home runs and RBI were a significant departure from his career highs, and he could be a regression candidate.
Arizona was able to add some support to the lineup by bringing in Starling Marte and Kole Calhoun. I am a big fan of Marte, who had fallen out of favor in Pittsburgh. He doesn’t walk enough and gets overly aggressive on the base paths. But he still has a lot of great baseball in him.
Calhoun is a major X-factor for this lineup. He blasted 33 home runs last year but has seen his batting average crater the last two seasons; after hitting .261 his first five seasons he has hit just .221 the pat two years.
Also keep an eye on Christian Walker. He was in a tough spot last year, having to replace Goldschmidt at first base. He was more than his equal in the field and nearly matched his production at the plate. At 28 years old Walker isn’t exactly a hot young prospect. We’ll see if he can match last season’s .259/29/73 numbers.
Arizona Diamondbacks 2020 Projected Rotation And Closer
1. Madison Bumgarner (L)
2. Mike Leake (R)
3. Robbie Ray (L)
4. Luke Weaver (R)
5. Zac Gallen (R)
Closer: Archie Bradley (R)
The funniest baseball story of the offseason was finding out that Madison Bumgarner had been routinely participating in rodeos under an alias, Mason Saunders. Bumgarner/Saunders will bring his toughness and his World Series bona fides to Phoenix and look to become the anchor of this staff.
Bumgarner gutted his way through 34 starts last year after injury shortened 2017 and 2018 seasons. He wasn’t his usual dominating self, though, posting a career-worst 3.90 ERA. It will be interesting to see how much he has left in the tank after 305 career starts.
Robbie Ray hasn’t been able to recapture his 2017 form (15-5, 2.89 ERA), and he posted a 4.34 ERA last season. If Arizona is going to make a move, he will need to be hurling at an All-Star level.
The rest of the rotation is just filler. Luke Weaver has some serious potential and could make a leap. But there aren’t a lot of answers with the rest of the arms. That will put the onus on an Arizona bullpen that was perfectly mediocre last year.
Arizona Diamondbacks Odds To Win The World Series
The Diamondbacks are a significant long shot to win the World Series this year at 50-to-1. They also have the fifth-worst odds (of 15 teams) to win the National League at 30-to-1. The Dodgers are overwhelming favorites to win the West (-750). But Arizona is the No. 2 team to win the division at 9-to-1.
Arizona Diamondbacks 2020 Predictions
I am basing all of my predictions on my belief in an 81-game season that starts in early July. I have absolutely no inside information about MLB’s plans for the 2020 season. However, for the sake of discussion, 81 games are what I have in mind while writing these previews.
The Dodgers are a juggernaut. Arizona won 85 games last year and still finished 21 games behind Los Angeles. So I think trying to predict a surprise division title would be a bit much. But Arizona has enough talent to be a spoiler during a short season. They made some really interesting offseason moves, and I actually think that they will be better this year than last season.
Arizona’s offense has a lot of pop, and there are six guys who either recently have, or have the potential to, hit 30+ home runs. Even in a juiced ball era, that’s still an impressive feat and gives the Diamondbacks a chance every day.
Their pitching staff will determine their season, like so many teams. Bumgarner and Ray give them two high-ceiling lefties to build around. But either the other starters or the bullpen are going to have to make a major leap in order for this team to vault itself into real playoff contention and to finish the Wild Card chase that they couldn’t last year.
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