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Pre-season Preview; Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies finished the 2014 season in next to last place in the N.L. West with a record of 66 and 96. That record is 15 games under .500, 28 games behind the 1st place Dodgers and 10 games behind any other next to last place team in any other National League division. So, they have made a ton of moves to become a better team in 2015, right? No.

Here are the free agents they have signed in the off-season; Daniel Descalso, Nick Hundley, Kyle Kendrick, John Axford, and they acquired David Hale. Half of those guys don’t even start on 8 out of 10 MLB teams.

Colorado Infield

Wilin Rosario is going to start behind the plate for the Rockies. He is your prototypical Coors Field hitter. 13 home runs 54 RBI’s with a .267 batting average and grounded into 17 double plays, the most on the team. Then you have the oldest guy on the team manning 1st base for the Rockies in 33 year old Justin Morneau. He hit .319 driving in 82 RBI’s which were both tops on the club now (you will understand in a moment). D.J. LaMahieu will be half of the double play combo at 2nd base. His stats are not good even though he hits at Coors Field. Only 5 home runs, and 42 RBI’s with 10 stolen bases while being caught 10 times as well yet he struck out 97 times. The other half of the Rockies double play combo is the face of the team in Troy Tulowitzki. His offensive number are dazzling, but he can’t stay healthy, and until he does he is not worth his $20 million dollars per year for the next 5 years. 3rd base is the hot corner and is patrolled by the hot Nolan Arenado. 124 hits, 34 doubles, and 18 home runs who also plays great defense and only struck out 58 times in 432 at bats.

Rockies 3rd baseman Nolan Arenado.

Rockies 3rd baseman Nolan Arenado.

Colorado Outfield

Earlier I said that the Rockies should be adding players based on their finish to the 2014 season. Then in the Infield section above when giving the stats on Morneau I said you would understand later. Later is now. They had a guy who hit .332 for them and slugged .579 both tops on the team last year, yet they allowed him to sign with the Mets. He is Michael Cuddyer and he will be missed and was not replaced. But in their defense, they do have 4 above average outfielders in Drew Stubbs, Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson and if healthy, Carlos Gonzalez. Stubbs and Blackman had almost 50 steals between them. Dickerson, on the other hand has the power with the most home runs on the team with 24.

Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson.

Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson.

Colorado Starters

Jorge De La Rosa has had some success while pitching for 7 seasons in Colorado. He has 4 seasons of double digit wins for the Rockies and only 1 season with double digit losses. They picked up Kyle Kendrick who has pitched for the Phillies his whole career in that launching pad of a stadium. Last year he gave up 25 home runs and had a 4.61 ERA. That was there pitching upgrade. From there they have some prospects that the organization is high on, but they have yet to pitch much in Coors Field, and until they do the book is still out on them. Basically, there rotation is awful.

Colorado Relievers

They have a 41 year old closer in LaTroy Hawkins.

Rockies 41 year old closer LaTroy Hawkins.

Rockies 41 year old closer LaTroy Hawkins.

In 2014 he appeared in 57 games and saved 23 of them while striking out 32 batters all season. That strikes fear into no one. They signed Boone Logan last year to a 3 year $16.5 million contract. He had a 6.34 ERA last year. There bullpen is just as bad as there starting staff, so bad they brought in John Axford and David Hale and called them upgrades.

Colorado Bench

The only person who scares the opposing pitcher, is whichever outfielder did not start. That is it. They do not have a decent back-up anywhere in the infield. Walt Weiss needs to be a player manager and be an option off the bench.

Colorado Key

The health of this team is without a doubt the key. They can hit, but the question is can they score 8 runs a night so they have a fighting chance to win every night. Sadly, we know the answer to these questions. No, they will not stay healthy, and will not consistently score 8 runs. And no, they will not win much. Oh wait I have a question I can answer yes to! They will be out of play-off contention by the All-Star break.

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