Mound Musings: A Look at Pitching in the NL West

Mound Musings: A Look at Pitching in the NL West

This article is part of our Mound Musings series.

With pitchers and catchers reporting, baseball season is finally upon us, and cross your fingers, it looks like a full season of 162 games! For most leagues, draft day is on the horizon, and "wait until next year" is now. That's okay. We'll be ready. As in the past, I'll cover one division each week, and hopefully, we should have a value-laden pitching staff heading into the 2021 season. Things will surely change as spring training progresses, but we handle those on the fly. Remember, the Musings are intended to be interactive. Ask questions and share your opinions. That's what we're here for. Let's get to it and look at the: 

National League West

Arizona Diamondbacks – The Diamondbacks are in a state of transition and probably don't have the horses to hang with their loaded division rivals. The biggest name in the rotation is Madison Bumgarner, but health issues (and probably advancing age to some extent) have sapped his productivity. That leaves the first spot in the rotation to Zac Gallen. He may be their No. 1, but in fantasy terms, he's more of a middle of the rotation starter. He's useful as long as you don't over-expect. The rest of the mound corps is pretty nondescript. Caleb Smith should have a spot, but he's never really excited me. Lefty Alex Young should improve, but I am doubtful any improvement will translate into fantasy value. Another to consider would be Taylor Clarke, but I would be

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Brad Johnson
For more than 30 years, pitching guru Brad "Bogfella" Johnson has provided insightful evaluation and analysis of pitchers to a wide variety of fantasy baseball websites, webcasts and radio broadcasts. He joined RotoWire in 2011 with his popular Bogfella's Notebook.
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