The New Year will bring a new look to the NL West. Every team needs some resolutions to start the 2022 season off the right way.
What would a New Year be without resolutions? We all have personal goals we set ahead of ourselves hoping to achieve a better us. Some of us even have professional resolutions/goals we want to achieve in the coming year. Whatever it is you resolve to achieve, may you reach that goal. The same can be said for teams in the NL West. For fans of teams in the NL West, here are my resolutions for you and your teams.
San Francisco Giants – The New Leader in the West
The most well known player over the last 13 years has been Buster Posey. The rock of the Giants has now retired. Hopefully a replacement can be found, at least on the field. It will be hard to replace the leadership he provided.
— Jeff Young (@BaseballJeff1) December 31, 2021
My resolution for Giants fans is to enjoy watching Brandon Crawford assume the leadership role. Crawford had the highest batting average of his career at .298 this year. He again returned to the All-Star Game and won his 3rd Gold Glove. There is nowhere for him to go but up. Yes, there are pitching needs to find solutions for, but that will work out with Alex Wood and Alex Cobb, both signing 2-year contracts before the lockout. Biggest obstacle to face the Giants will be everyone in the West gunning for them.
Los Angeles Dodgers – Never a Talent Shortage
New Year’s Resolutions for the Dodgers are something like getting something for Dad for Christmas. What does a resolution look like for a team that has everything? Currently, Chris Taylor is the only Free Agent that has re-signed. Andrew Heaney was the only Free Agent to call Chavez Ravine his new home. So what should a resolution for the Dodgers look like? Having lost a couple prospects in the Max Scherzer/Trea Turner deal, the minor league system now ranks 14th. Knowing that, and seeing what comes in the next couple of years, may I set a resolution to see the top 4 pitching prospects arrive in LA sooner than later. Andre Jackson pitched 3 games and looked good in those games. Ryan Pepiot, Bobby Miller and Landon Knack are all on the fast track to the bigs, with a projection to arrive in 2022. Dodgers fans, your pitching staff is going to look different, but the future is bright. Enjoy it.
San Diego Padres – Pitching Dominance Return
In the 2020 offseason the Padres spent a lot to improve their starting rotation. That cost in prospects did not see the return in a playoff appearance, let alone a World Series appearance. The team and their fans deserve a resolution to see what Blake Snell, Yu Darvish, a returning Mike Clevinger, and any other pitcher they acquire post lockout prove they’re worth the investment. The offense will take care of itself while the dugout squabbles should be resolved. So in 2022, your trip to PETCO Park should see many pitching gems. Hopefully, MacKenzie Gore proves he belongs and adds to the pitching masterpieces forthcoming.
Colorado Rockies – See Bill Schmidt Work Some Roster Magic
What appeared to be a train wreck happening at the trade deadline in 2021 has become the Bill Schmidt magic show. Everyone is expecting Trevor Story to sign somewhere else once the lockout is over. Colorado fans are hoping that somewhere is back with the home team. What really sticks out with how this roster is going to play out is the following: Charlie Blackmon – 1 year left plus a player option for 2023. There are only 4 players locked in for 2023 with 26 players both arbitration and pre-artbitration eligible. Can Schmidt convince Kyle Freeland and Raimel Tapia to forgo arbitration years and sign them to long term contracts? Will Connor Joe continue earning playing time and convince Schmidt to keep him through arbitration years? Yes, there is a lot of uncertainty. Additionally, will the Monfort ownership group open their pocketbooks come the resumption of baseball activities for 2022 and further so Schmidt can build a winning team and get the Rockies back to the playoffs? Enjoy the ride, Rockies fans, it’s going to get a little bumpy.
Arizona Diamondbacks – Find Solace in Youth, Believe the Future is Near
Dear D-Backs fans, I feel your pain. What seems hopeless isn’t as bad as it seems. The years with veterans like Jake Lamb, Stephen Vogt, and Paul Goldschmidt are well in the past. David Peralta and Ketel Marte are rumored to be on their way out via trades come the return of baseball post lockout. Indeed, hope feels lost and all you have to root for are a bunch of young players with no-to-limited MLB experience. In fact 42 of the 47 guys on the payroll (not the 40-man roster) have less than 5 years of service time. This youth movement includes guys like Pavin Smith, Luke Weaver (part of the Goldschmidt deal) and Mr. No-hitter Tyler Gilbert.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) October 7, 2021
Make it a resolution to enjoy your trip to Chase Field this year. Know that you’ll be watching some of the brightest players of the future. Most importantly, despite knowing your favorite team will lose more than they will win, the trend of losing will stop in 2022 and the youth will be the reason why.
There you have it, NL West fans. Here’s your resolutions for both you and your team. Enjoy them. And if you or your team can’t maintain these resolutions, 2023 is just 12 months away.