Everyone was waiting to see what the Colorado Rockies would do in the offseason to improve the team. There wasn’t a tremendous flurry of activity, but there were two signings on the offensive side of things that the Rockies are hoping will be enough to carry them to the postseason.
With Ian Desmond coming on board as the Rockies first baseman, Colorado seems to have its starting nine in place. For the purpose of this article, we’re going to play Nostradamus here and predict two things. First, David Dahl edges out Gerardo Parra for the starting spot in left field. Second, Tom Murphy and Tony Wolters split duties behind the plate for some time after the season begins.
Of course, offense has never been much of a problem for the Rockies. Take a look at some of the numbers last season and where Colorado ranked among all of Major League Baseball…
2016 numbers and MLB ranking
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Average: .275 (2nd)
Home Runs: 204 (10th)
RBI: 805 (2nd)
Stolen Bases: 66 (Tie for 20th)
Runs: 845 (2nd)
OBP: .336 (3rd)
SLG: .457 (2nd)
OPS: .794 (2nd)
Impressive to say the least, and the consensus is certainly that Desmond will provide some more pop for the Rockies, as will having Dahl and Trevor Story with the team for the entire season.
So we know who’s playing for the Rockies … but what will the order look like on a given day? New manager Bud Black certainly has some options thanks to Desmond’s versatility in the infield and outfield. But what way will he go?
We thought we’d take a look at what the Colorado lineup might look like against right-handers, left-handers and even at the end of the season. See what you think of these lineup cards…