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Colorado Rockies have been skeptical of analytics, but that may change

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The Rockies haven't been in tune with the analytics movement in pro sports. That might not be the case for long.

Byron Hetzler-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rockies rank near the bottom of the league in acceptance and usage of analytics, according to an article published in a recent edition of ESPN The Magazine. The article cites an interview with former Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd, in which he claimed "human analytics are just as important as statistical analytics," believing that what's inside a player matters as much, if not more, than what the player produces.

O'Dowd shouldn't be mistaken for a grit-first, analysis-second guy; he and Geivett were in the process of developing their own version of value over replacement level, as the ESPN piece mentions, and O'Dowd talked sabermetrics at length with our Drew Creasman in an interview last year. But for whatever reason -- and this comes with the big caveat that I don't know what kind of research went into ESPN's piece -- the Rockies didn't appear to implement statistical analysis to the point of most other MLB front offices.

The good news is that could be changing soon. Under new GM Jeff Bridich and his assistant, Zack Rosenthal, the Rockies have an analytics team led by Trevor Patch, who is in the process of obtaining a master's in predictive analysis, according to ESPN.

It could be worse; the Rockies could be the Phillies or Marlins, who are nonbelievers in analytics, per the article. If you think the Rockies' fall from grace was quick and painful, look at that of the Phillies. Ouch.

Links

Rockies could be looking at four-man bench | rockies.com
Given the Rockies' injury troubles, shortening the bench doesn't seem like a great idea. Then again, it's not exactly something that can't be fixed quickly if it came down to it. Walt Weiss likes the idea of having an extra reliever to start the season, possibly because he wants to closely monitor the workload of a health risk in Jhoulys Chacin and valuable young pitchers like Tyler Matzek and Jordan Lyles. In any case, Colorado's roster isn't constructed all that well -- a fact that is easily discernible reading Thomas Harding's article -- so Weiss is going to have to get creative.

Tulo intent on being healthy, staying on field | rockies.com
Troy Tulowitzki isn't going to stop trying to figure out why injuries continue to rob him of valuable time on the field. He believes he's healthy now, but of course, doesn't want anyone to take his word for it. Harding also has some quotes from Michael Cuddyer, who spoke fondly of Tulo in an interview at Mets camp.

Tyler Chatwood hoping to pitch for Colorado Rockies by summer - The Denver Post
Tyler Chatwood is "aiming to be back this summer," according to Nick Groke and Patrick Saunders. Chatwood underwent his second Tommy John surgery in July but isn't experiencing any issues while rehabbing from the injury. It would still be wise not to count on any production from Chatwood this season, but a return to health in 2016 strengthens the belief that the Rockies really should be playing for that season and beyond.

Rockies Review - A Colorado Rockies Blog: For Colorado Rockies fans, 2015 represents hope for respectability
The Rockies don't necessarily need to compete in 2015 to get back in the good graces of fans, writes David Martin. Instead, the club should focus on a plan for success going forward -- something that I believe is already in the works.