Colorado Rockies: 5 Bold Predictions for the Second Half

Jul 27, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher Carlos Estevez (54) high fives catcher Nick Hundley (4) after beating the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 27, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Colorado Rockies pitcher Carlos Estevez (54) high fives catcher Nick Hundley (4) after beating the Baltimore Orioles 3-1 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports /
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Jul 9, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss (22) looks on in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Phillies 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /

Walt Weiss Will Manage the Rockies in 2017

I know, this one is more of an offseason prediction, but the Rockies performance over the rest of this season will determine his fate. Weiss is in the last year of his contract and general manager Jeff Bridich doesn’t seem to be in a rush to get him re-signed.

If the Rockies manage to win the second Wild Card this year he is all but guaranteed to return. He is seen as a “players coach” and he relates well to the roster.

Personally, I’d like him to get more animated and angry when things aren’t going well, or even when things do go well. However, after today’s win (the first after trailing after eight innings), even got him fired up:

I would also like to see the clamping down of all the pitching changes he likes to do each game. I understand the benefit of the matchups, but there are times he “over-manages” the pitching staff, and effective pitchers are removed just to create a “matchup” which may or may not work.

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The Rockies have not been to the playoffs since 2009. If Weiss orchestrates a turnaround to a winning ballclub both at home and on the road, he will carry all the momentum and it would be shocking to see Bridich go in a different direction.

With the pitching improving all the time, and the hitting remains solid, and the players remain engaged, Weiss’ future looks bright, and a new contract for 2017 and beyond will be a formality.

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