by thoughtfulconservative

Take a group of starters with the third best ERA in the NL, add Dan Haren, throw in a healthy Randy Johnson and you could have the best starting rotation in the majors. Now if the Arizona Diamondbacks could hit. But pitching wins in baseball and the D-Backs have some good arms.

Better than the San Diego Padres? We’ll see. Had the baseball season been 160 games long last season, they would have been in the post season. With a staff that led in most pitching categories last year, they should again be in it till the final week.

The Colorado Rockies were one of the great comeback stories last year, winning 21 of their last 22 to get to World Series. They return most of the components of last year’s team and should contend again.

Watching the Los Angeles Dodgers this year will show if Joe Torre can manage without the Steinbrenner largess. They had the best record in the NL after the All-Star break, but injuries crippled the pitching staff. If the free agents do their thing, this could be a four team race.

That leaves the Barry Bonds-less and Barry Bonds-purged San Francisco Giants. Holes abound although the pitching staff is decent even with underachiever Barry Zito. How the kids fill those holes will determine how well the Giants do.


One Comment to “NL WEST”

  1. The Giants have to have the most pathetic offense I have ever seen.

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