Colorado Rockies: The Best and Worst Stories of 2016
The 2016 season will go down as a mixed bag for the Colorado Rockies. The team struggled against teams it shouldn’t have (losing two of three to Tampa Bay at home) and looked like world-beaters against some of the league’s best (taking four of six from the Chicago Cubs). The Rockies struggled before catching fire after the All-Star break and putting themselves in a position to compete for a Wild Card spot. Then, just as quickly, blown saves and injuries to Trevor Story, Carlos Gonzalez and Mark Reynolds took the Rockies out of the race.
There were some great moments … and not-so-great moments. As we count the minutes until 2017, now is a great time to look back at what could be considered the best story about the Rockies in 2016. We’ll also take a look at what could be the worst Colorado-related story in 2016.
Some of the contenders for best story could include Jon Gray, who rose to become the ace of the Colorado pitching staff and set a Rockies record with 16 strikeouts against the San Diego Padres. Another candidate could be Tyler Chatwood, who returned from Tommy John surgery to post Colorado’s most dominant road season in franchise history. And, of course, Nolan Arenado and his amazing season at the plate and in the field could be in there as well.
However, that’s not the story that we think was the best for the Rockies in 2016.