In part of a series across MLB.com looking at what’s new for each team in 2017, Thomas Harding breaks down the Rockies’ improved bullpen, with the focus on right-hander Greg Holland. Holland missed all of 2016 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, but prior to that went to back-to-back World Series closing games with the Royals in 2014 and 2015, winning a title in his second trip. Harding also discusses lefty Mike Dunn, who came to the Rockies this winter from Miami.
At RoxPile, Kevin Henry takes a look at possible batting orders for the Rockies this season. He has some interesting ideas, with Ian Desmond playing left field and Mark Reynolds at first base against left-handed pitchers and a late-season lineup that includes Yadier Molina, who Henry says the Rockies could acquire as a rental to supplement their young catching duo of Tom Murphy and Tony Wolters to bolster a potential playoff push.
Tony Blengino cites Trevor Story as the Rockies player most likely to decline in 2017 citing his strikeout-to-walk ratio, something Story was improving upon as the 2016 season progressed before it was cut short by a thumb injury in late July.