Colorado Rockies: 5 Bold Predictions for the 2017 Season
We’ve been counting down to this week for some time now. The Colorado Rockies finally open the 2017 season on Monday when they face the Milwaukee Brewers on the road.
There is a lot of anticipation that goes along with this year’s campaign. Many are predicting the Rockies to make a run at the postseason and bring Rocktober back to Denver for the first time since 2009.
Can the Rockies do it? That’s the million dollar question. In order to do it, they will have to overcome some early injuries that were suffered in spring training. Arguably the team’s biggest offseason free agent signing, Ian Desmond will miss a few games in April after being struck by a pitch and breaking his hand. David Dahl, one of last season’s breakout rookies for the Rockies, will also miss a few games to start the season with a rib injury. Tom Murphy is recovering from a forearm fracture.
On the pitching side, the Rockies will be without Chris Rusin to start the campaign. Chad Bettis is out for the foreseeable future, but everyone is pulling for the right-handed starter to beat cancer and return to the mound in 2017. It would not only be a lift for a Rockies rotation in need of veteran leadership, but also an emotional boost to a group who has rallied around their friend and teammate.
So what do we see in our crystal ball for this season? Here are five bold predictions we’re going to make about the Rockies in 2017…