As much as the Diamondbacks have expressed this offseason a desire to manufacture more runs, so too exists just as much of a need for it, and the D-backs know it. With Justin Upton and Chris Young gone, the D-backs have drastically reduced the pure power in their lineup.
Accordingly, pitching has become paramount. The D-backs have the pitching to be contenders in the NL West this season but need the performance, as a staff on paper means nothing without results.
"We have to pitch good," manger Kirk Gibson said. "I think we'll be able to score our share of runs, we'll be able to manufacture more runs than we have in the past (and) we probably wont hit as many home runs. If we don't pitch, we're going to be just like everybody else that doesn't pitch -- we're not going to have a shot at all."
There seems to be very little disagreement, if any, that the D-backs have assembled a pretty formidable starting rotation. Opening Day starter Ian K...