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 some names out there for your consideration, covering the NL West this week, and the AL West next. When the dust settles, we'll hopefully have a value-laden pitching staff heading into the delayed 2020 season. Let's look at the:
National League West
Arizona Diamondbacks – The Diamondbacks are gradually reworking their roster, and their starting rotation has taken on a new look over the past couple seasons. It's a little unusual watching Madison Bumgarner wearing an Arizona uniform, but he headlines the new look D'Backs. Like so many pitchers, he suffered a jump in homeruns allowed, but he is adjusting, and despite pitching in a more hitter-friendly park, I expect a very solid year from him. Robbie Ray returns to co-anchor the rotation. I would also take Ray and his very appealing strikeout rate. As you know, lefties sometimes take a bit longer to lock in a release point, and Ray appears poised to refine his command and take the next step. Like the first two, Zac Gallen, who takes the third spot, looks like a good year might be in the cards. Just be aware, I don't think he has quite the raw stuff to repeat the dominating peripherals he posted last season. Next up is Luke Weaver. I like Weaver a lot – when he's healthy and in sync. I don't usually worry