Source: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Source: Jeff Gross/Getty Images

National League West:

1. San Francisco Giants

Projected Rotation: (with 2015 statistics)

The San Francisco Giants bolstered their rotation by bringing in, Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija, this off-season. These guys will be joining ace, Madison Bumgarner, who is coming off another fantastic season. Jake Peavy adds experience to the rotation and Chris Heston adds the youth. The Giants do have Matt Cain, that is if they even plan to use him this year in the rotation, given that he has not performed well and is injury prone.

2. Arizona Diamondbacks

Projected Rotation: (with 2015 statistics)

Arizona lands just behind the Giants at number two, why? Because of the acquisitions of Zack Greinke, and Shelby Miller. With the landing of these two stars, the D-backs show promise for the 2016 season. Greinke is a leader and will be the horse of the rotation, he also brings leadership for the rest of the young staff. Miller brings in poise, you need to have a lot of that after leading the league in losses with 17, while posting an ERA of 3.02. Patrick Corbin will have a full season to prove he is the ace they expect him to become after recovering from Tommy John surgery, and Rubby De La Rosa and Robbie Ray will both improve with some pressure off of their shoulders.

3. Los Angeles Dodgers

Projected Rotation: (with 2015 statistics)

The Dodgers are in a whole, a serious one, after losing star pitcher Zack Greinke to division rival Arizona, the Dodgers have many questions regarding their rotation. We all know their ace is still Clayton Kershaw, who is arguably the best in the game, you can count on him to perform. Then with, Brett Anderson at the number two and Hyun-jin Ryu holding down the third starting spot, you have a lot of question marks. Can Anderson really be a two? Will Ryu and his repaired shoulder hold up? The Dodgers will rely on Alex Wood and Mike Bolsinger if they can not find a solution. What they should do is go out a get a pitcher, we shall soon find out what they do in LA.

4. San Diego Padres

Projected Rotation: (with 2015 statistics)

In order for San Diego to compete in 2016, they will need to add a starter and a few bats, however this all seems quite unlikely. They lost Ian Kennedy to the open market and have not signed any new arms, thus leaving a lot of pressure on Tyson Ross and James Shields to perform at an outstanding level, and truth is, Shields is just not that good. Andrew Cashner is already too hot and cold and Brandon Morrow is coming off an injury to his throwing hand. Young Colin Rea will be battling with Robbie Erlin for the fifth starting spot, if they do not fill that void in free-agency.

5. Colorado Rockies

Projected Rotation: (with 2015 statistics)

It doesn’t help when you are playing in the most “hitters” ballpark in the Majors with the worst starting staff. Colorado needs help, BAD, their pitching staff is dismal, and they finished last in the league with a 5.27 ERA. I guess Jon Gray is a bright spot, who is a young talent, but other than that, their is nothing to smile about in Colorado for the 2016 season.

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Matthew has been a baseball fan his entire life. Growing up in Southern Connecticut he emerged as an avid Mets fan. He recently graduated Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. He received a degree in Human Services and Development. Follow him on Twitter @MattyJKozlowski

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