National League Sleeper Picks: Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona Diamondbacks +850

Last year, the Diamondbacks were second in the NL with a +153 run differential in a hotly contested NL West Division, while this season that the D-backs are +43 at the all-star break and find themselves a half-game behind the Dodgers. Arizona’s starting rotation was hit with the injury bug, losing Taijuan Walker for the period to Tommy John surgery following his third beginning in 2018 and with Robbie Ray go on the DL and overlook all of May and most of June. The D-backs were without Shelby Miller until late June, but Clay Buchholz was set on the DL soon after his return.
Arizona has had an up-and-down season thus far, using a stretch of 21-8 to begin the season followed by a 5-18 record on its own next 23 games and now a 27-18 series heading into the all-star break. Miller was dreadful following his return from the DL, compiling a 0-4 record, 11.40 ERA and 2.07 WHIP, and has since been put back on the DL with knee pain. Buchholz, that has gone 2-1 with a 2.56 ERA and 0.96 WHIP since signing in May, will return to the club in the not too distant future.
Overall, the Diamondbacks offense was strong throughout the year. It’s a matter of if their pitching staff can become healthy again. There is lots of”ifs” with this club with Ray, Miller and Buchholz all with their problems, but if even two of those three can return to form, Arizona could make a push for the NL pennant.

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