Comparing the Diamondbacks projected lineup to the rest of the NL West

Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks
Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks / John E. Moore III/GettyImages

It is no secret that the NL West is loaded with talent and big names.  Here’s how the Diamondbacks compare to the other lineups in the West…

Best lineup in the NL West: San Diego Padres

  1. Bogaerts SS
  2. Soto RF
  3. Machado 3B
  4. Cruz DH
  5. Cronenworth 1B
  6. Carpenter LF
  7. Kim 2B
  8. Grisham OF
  9. Nola C

This lineup, which might be the best lineup in baseball, is almost unfair.  Not to mention that they get one of the best young hitters in baseball back in late April; Fernando Tatis Jr.  From 1-9 this lineup can hit, but 1-4 is just lethal.  Bogartes has been one of the best-hitting shortstops in the game in the last 3 years.  Soto is considered by many to be the hardest player to get out in the MLB.  Manny Machado had an explosive year a season ago knocking in over 100 runs, and Nelson Cruz averages 37 HRs, and 105 RBIs every 162 games.  Good luck opposing pitchers…

2nd best lineup in the NL West: LA Dodgers

  1. Betts RF
  2. Freeman 1B
  3. Smith C
  4. Muncy 3B
  5. Martinez DH
  6. Peralta LF
  7. Thompson CF
  8. Vargas 2B
  9. Rojas SS

It doesn’t matter who the Dodgers have in the lineup, they always seem to score a lot of runs.  Last season, they scored the most runs out of any team in the league, and the year before that they were 4th in runs scored. 

Having Betts and Freeman in the same lineup must be exciting to watch on a nightly basis.  Furthermore, Will Smith is slowly becoming the best-hitting catcher in baseball and J.D. Martinez has been one of the most consistent hitters in baseball for the last 3 seasons.  Adding David Peralta was a nice little addition to the outfield in the off-season. Diamondbacks fans know very well how much he contributes at the plate. 

It is crazy to think that the NL West is so deep that this is the second-best lineup in the division…

3rd best lineup in the NL West: Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. McCarthy RF
  2. Rojas 3B
  3. Carroll LF
  4. Walker 1B
  5. Marte 2B
  6. Gurriel Jr. DH
  7. Moreno C
  8. Thomas CF
  9. Ahmed SS

This lineup has so much potential.  Corbin Carroll has a great shot at being rookie of the year, Christian Walker could very well have his first 100 RBI season, Gabriel Moreno could hit over .300, the list goes on.  Ketel Marte had a quiet season last year, but let’s not forget that in 2021, Marte had a .909 OPS in 90 games.  After the all-star break, Jake McCarthy got on base 36% of the time and he stole 21 bases.  As I said, so much potential…

4th best lineup in the NL West: Colorado Rockies

  1. Profar RF
  2. Bryant LF
  3. Blackmon DH
  4. Cron 1B
  5. McMahon 2B
  6. Daza CF
  7. Moustakas 3B
  8. Diaz C
  9. Tovar SS

This lineup is pretty darn good for being 4th in the division.  Jurickson Profar was a nice free-agent singing to fill the leadoff spot, before Kris Bryant got injured last year, he was tearing it up at the plate, Charlie Blackmon has a career OPS of .842, and C.J. Cron has hit 57 homers and 194 RBIs in his two seasons in Colorado.  There is definitely a lot of pop at the top of this lineup.  Not to mention that SS Ezequiel Tovar is a dark horse candidate for rookie of the year!

Worst lineup in the NL West: San Francisco Giants

  1. LaMonte Wade 1B
  2. Thairo Estrada 2B
  3. Joc Pederson RF
  4. Michael Conforto CF
  5. Brandon Crawford SS
  6. J.D. Davis DH
  7. Mike Yastrzemski LF
  8. Joey Bart C
  9. David Villar 3B

If the Giants are going to have success this year, it's going to come via pitching.  Don’t get me wrong, this lineup isn’t bad, but outside of Joc Pederson, it lacks power.  A couple of players that could turn some heads this season however are C Joey Bart and IF J.D. Davis.  Joey Bart was once thought to be Buster Posey’s understudy and J.D. Davis was in the top 5 in hard-hit percentage last season.  This Giants lineup is rather going to flat-out stink, or find a way to be a top-10 offense; I could honestly see both happening…