2014 Diamondbacks Outlook
Despite Paul Goldschmidt's breakout year in 2013, the Arizona Diamondbacks finished in second place in the NL West, with an 81-81 record. After watching the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate clinching the NL West crown in their own pool at Chase Field, the Diamondbacks are out for revenge -- and a return to the playoffs in 2014.
Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers added more power to the lineup, acquiring outfielder Mark Trumbo from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Trumbo projects to hit 35 home runs for Arizona, which is three more than Goldschmidt is projected to hit in 2014. With Trumbo and Goldschmidt anchoring the middle of Arizona's lineup, the D-Backs are poised to contend for the league lead in home runs.
Arizona's staff is led by Patrick Corbin, who, like Goldschmidt, enjoyed a breakout season in 2013. Corbin finished the 2013 season 14-8, with a 3.41 ERA and 1.17 WHIP, while limiting opposing hitters to a .240 batting average. Newcomer Bronson Arroyo, Wade Miley, Trevor Cahill and Brandon McCarthy will round out Arizona's rotation. With no true ace, and no true weak spot, Arizona's rotation should be among the more consistent in baseball this season -- and should give the D-Backs a chance to win each game.
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