ESPN had a very good take on why the Rockies won’t win the World Series this year. The injuries. Unlike previous season it appears that the Rockies may finally have all the pieces in place to contend. Unfortunately, those pieces keep breaking. Hopefully the Rockies have gotten all of the injuries out of the way early this year.
SB Nation released their entire MLB season preview yesterday. Like ESPN, Grant Brisbee had a lot of positive things to say about the Rockies.
Of all the teams in baseball, the Rockies have the easiest path to winning more games than expected. If they can pitch better, they’ll approach 95 wins. This won’t be the first Rockies team we can write that about, but this is a rotation that gives them a better chance to do that than previous permutations. Feels like this is a team that’s ready to do something loud, but that description also covers the possibility of implosion, too.
The Denver Post confirmed what I was suspecting in my roster projection yesterday, Chris Rusin won’t be ready to join the team till after the season starts. It appears that Musgrave is likely to fill his role.
There were a few other injury updates in the article as well. Charlie Blackmon and Jake McGee have been unavailable the last few days after being the latest victims of a bug that’s been circulating in the clubhouse. Chad Qualls threw a bullpen session but is expected to start the season on the DL. Jon Gray’s toe is feeling better and he is expected to throw roughly 90 pitches in minor league action today.
After an offseason when the national pundits wanted the Rockies to sign a veteran catcher, the Rockies finally obliged. Thankfully, it was Ryan Hanigan on a minor league contract. With Dustin Garneau expected to back up Tony Wolters after Tom Murphy broke his arm, Hanigan will provide some extra catching depth in the minors.
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In this ESPN Insider article, Jim Bowden diagnosis the Rockies biggest question as their starting rotation. The talent is there, but their youth is a big question mark. The Rockies young pitchers are going to have prove their doubters wrong. If they succeed, it will go a long way towards the Rockies being in contention this season.