Season Outlook: Colorado Rockies

2017 Projected Starting Lineup:

  1. Charlie Blackmon – Center Fielder
  2. DJ LeMahieu – 2nd baseman
  3. Nolan Arenado – 3rd baseman
  4. Carlos Gonzalez – Right Fielder
  5. Ian Desmond – 1st baseman
  6. David Dahl – Left Fielder
  7. Trevor Story – Shortstop
  8. Tony Wolters – Catcher

Projected 2017 Starting Rotation:

  1. Jon Gray
  2. Chad Bettis
  3. Tyler Anderson
  4. Tyler Chatwood
  5. Jeff Hoffman

Season Outlook:

We all know how dangerous the Rockies lineup will be in 2017, but the issue for the Rockies will be if their pitching staff can be at least decent. Nolan Arenado is a legitimate MVP candidate that provides sensational defense as well. Carlos Gonzalez, DJ LeMahieu, Ian Desmond, David Dahl, Trevor Story, and Charlie Blackmon are all really good hitters. The only weakness in Colorado’s lineup is with catcher Tony Wolters who struggled offensively last season. Everyone besides Wolters are major threats in the Rockies lineup to do some serious damage against opposing pitching. Meanwhile, the Rockies pitching staff made some improvements last season led by young ace Jon Gray. Tyler Chatwood, Tyler Anderson, and Chad Bettis also improved in 2016. Jeff Hoffman is a highly regarded pitching prospect and it will be interesting to see how he does in his first MLB action in 2017. All of the Rockies starting pitchers are inexperienced, but they all have tremendous potential to improve even more for the Rockies next season. The major issue for Colorado last season was their bullpen which had a MLB worst 5.13 ERA. It seemed that they couldn’t close out games even if they had a big lead. However, the additions of Greg Holland and Mike Dunn this offseason should provide some more stability in the late innings. Also, closer Adam Ottavino was injured last season and he was a really good relief pitcher for the Rockies prior to his injury. If the pitching for the Rockies can improve especially with the bullpen then this is a very dangerous playoff contender. However, as good as the offense will obviously be, I’m not sure that the pitching will improve much considering that they play at the extremely hitter-friendly Coors Field.

Prediction: 3rd place in the NL West



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