The Colorado Rockies spent four weeks coming to terms with their arbitration-eligible players, signing players to long-term deals, filling out their bench and pursuing relievers to fill out their bullpen.
Now it looks like they are done.
With a team that has only a few question marks, the Rockies look like they should be in a pretty good position to go out and win enough games to be in the playoff race. That, of course, is pure speculation for any team in February. Injuries always factor in and guessing how well a player will play is always tough.
Much of the Rockies success hinges on the surgically repaired left shoulder of Jeff Francis. If he is the pitcher that won 17 games in 2007, the Rockies may very well claim their first ever National League West title.
If Francis falters, the Rockies will be scrambling to find someone who can fill a gaping hole in their rotation.
All reports suggest that Francis is back. He is healthy and throwing pain free. That is very good news for the Rockies, who despite finding themselves in the playoffs are still fairly young, with players who still have not realized their full potential.
Expectations are high, fans are expecting quite a bit out of this team. What are your thoughts? Have the Rockies done enough to win their first NL West title? Are they going to miss Jason Marquis more than they know?
I believe that they will win 90 games and make the playoffs, whether it be the Wild Card or the NL West title.