Can Patrick Corbin stay healthy and put together a solid year, and who follows?
With Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller in the one and two slots, it’s imperative that Patrick Corbin come back healthy and strong. Two ace-level pitchers to start the rotation are just that: a start. The rest of the rotation is going to have to carry their own weight, and that pivots on what kind of season Corbin can put together. It’s likely that his innings count will be low, so it’s important that the team uses him wisely and keeps him healthy, particularly if they get a shot in October.
Following those three, a lot of how the 2016 season ends up will fall on the shoulders of guys like Rubby De La Rosa, who put up 14 wins, despite a less-than-stellar ERA in 2015, Robbie Ray, who had the better ERA, but only went 5-12, and Chase Anderson, who was fair-to-middlin’ in 2015 at 6-6 with an ERA of 4.30. The question is, can these young guys step up and do the job, or do the Diamondbacks need to get more rotation help? If the first half of the season goes well, they may do just that at the All-Star break to jumpstart a playoff push.