This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
And, down the stretch we come! Last week we looked at the AL Central, and this week and next, I'll continue to throw out some names for your consideration, covering the NL West this week and the AL West next. When the dust settles, we should be looking at Opening Day, and hopefully have a value-laden pitching staff heading into the 2019 season. Let's look at the:
National League West
Arizona Diamondbacks – The introduction of a humidor turned a hitter's haven into a more neutral park, so the team's staff should be a bit more attractive than they were in the past, however the Diamondbacks have embarked on a rebuilding program. Many of their nucleus players are gone, but Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray return to anchor the rotation. I have always been a little skeptical of Greinke, and he is experiencing another of his mediocre spring campaigns. It's the norm for him. Reduced velocity and spotty command, but he's probably fine. I just think he is often overpriced on draft day, so I think I would take Ray and his very appealing strikeout rate. Like the first two, Zack Godley comes back and now takes the third spot. Don't be fooled. He's still a fifth starter. Next, we'll see a couple of newcomers, and both have some upside to offer. First, they added Luke Weaver. Weaver struggled much of last year with the Cardinals but he showed enough to remain solidly on my radar. Perhaps a change