Mar 30, 2012; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton (left), third baseman Jordan Pacheco (center), and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki talk during a pitching change in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE

You Want Low Expectations?


Todd Helton insists that the way things are this spring is the way he likes it: nobody expects anything from the Rockies. He believes that is when the team has been at its best over the years, and he is probably right.

Lots of teams try to ride the “nobody believes in us!” train to success, and it is often laughable. Most recently, in a different sport, Ohio State’s men’s basketball team tried it out in their run to the final four. You know, as a #2 seed in their region. Whatever.

But if the Rockies feel that nobody believes in them, the evidence suggests that they are on to something. Start with the print publications. Sports Illustrated has them 4th in the NL West, as does ESPN the Magazine.

How about the online predictions? Let’s take a look:

Of course these picks are far from reliable. We often look back at preseason predictions, scoff, and wonder what everybody was thinking (see: 2011 Colorado Rockies). But consider the implications when nobody picks you in 2012. For one thing, the National League seems to be relatively wide open. The picks for the NL are quite varied, especially when compared with the AL picks which almost universally consist of a combination of the same 6 teams (Yankees, Rangers, Angels, Red Sox, Rays, Tigers). This is not the case in the NL; if an expert ever wanted the chance to get cute with a pick, they had it. And still almost none of them picked the Rockies…

Secondly, there is an extra wild card this year. An extra spot to insert the Rockies, whose only two playoff appearances in the last 10 years were furious runs that snuck them into the one wild card. If ever somebody wanted to be like “Well hey, why not stick the Rockies in there?”…this was the perfect place to do it! Yet it was only Aaron Boone who did as much. For whatever that is worth…

You want low expectations? You got ‘em.

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