Last month, the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired Steven Souza Jr. from the Rays in a three-team deal that included the Yankees.

Souza will be a solid addition to help fill the void in Arizona’s lineup left by J.D. Martinez. But now a shoulder injury will keep the right fielder out a few weeks to start the year and put pressure on the middle of the order to pick up the slack.

That’s not to say the three and four hitters for the Diamondbacks can’t handle those responsibilities. Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb are more than capable of stabilizing and batting lineup and driving in runs.

It is, however, a disappointment because it takes away an element of protection.

For example, the Cubs typically bat Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo back-to-back in the order so Bryant can see better pitches to hit. Rizzo offers that protection because of how productive he is at the plate.

The Yankees project to do the same type of thing with Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Gary Sanchez this season.

Souza is no Rizzo, Stanton or Sanchez, but he is a power bat who forces pitchers to be on their A-games when they pitch to him because of his home run potential. The ramifications of Souza’s injury and how it will affect Arizona are still yet to be determined.

Goldschmidt is such a good hitter that it probably won’t affect him too much. Plus, he will most likely have Lamb batting after him, so he should still see plenty of hittable pitches.

As for Lamb, he might not get as many strikes to hit if the opposing pitcher can work around him to face a less intimidating batter such as Alex Avila or Ketel Marte. Nothing against those two batters, but they don’t possess the same offense firepower as Souza.

Regardless of Souza’s untimely injury, the Diamondbacks shouldn’t have any trouble scoring runs early in the season and getting off to a strong start to contest with the Dodgers in the NL West.

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Content Creator at Armchair Arizona Diamondbacks , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
I have loved baseball my entire life. From the time I was four years old and my uncle introduced me to Sammy Sosa and the Chicago Cubs to now, baseball has occupied my thinking every day for the past 15 years of my life. Although I don’t play anymore, writing allows me to stay connected with the game I love and provide insight to and spark discussions with others who love the game as much as I do. As for my fandom, I grew up a Cubs fan watching them on WGN and praying for the year when they’d finally break through and win the elusive World Series. November 2, 2016 will go down as one of the best days of my life. Everything is right in the world when pitchers and catchers report to Arizona and Florida in mid-February.
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Content Creator at Armchair Arizona Diamondbacks , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
I have loved baseball my entire life. From the time I was four years old and my uncle introduced me to Sammy Sosa and the Chicago Cubs to now, baseball has occupied my thinking every day for the past 15 years of my life. Although I don’t play anymore, writing allows me to stay connected with the game I love and provide insight to and spark discussions with others who love the game as much as I do. As for my fandom, I grew up a Cubs fan watching them on WGN and praying for the year when they’d finally break through and win the elusive World Series. November 2, 2016 will go down as one of the best days of my life. Everything is right in the world when pitchers and catchers report to Arizona and Florida in mid-February.

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