What will Colorado’s 2017 record be (162-game regular season schedule)?
I truly believe this team can win 90 games. Currently sports books have Colorado at 80.5 wins, but the progression of the Rockies young talent will put them at 90-72.
Who will be Colorado’s biggest surprise and disappointment?
The biggest surprise of the season will be the impact of new manager Bud Black. Black isn’t playing into the old Rockies adages of “We need a sinker-baller” or “Guys with curveballs will never be successful at Coors.” Black genuinely believes if you’re a talented and consistent pitcher, you’ll have success in the Rockies. After all, visiting teams have to face the same conditions. The return to simplicity will pay-off for the young staff.
Why will or why won’t Colorado make the playoffs?
The only thing that can wind up making the Rockies season a disappointment is the injury bug. Injuries have come in bunches this spring. However, barring significant injuries to Colorado’s top pitchers and core offensive guys, the Rockies have a great chance to win the Wild Card and compete for an NL West title.
The offense will continue to be one of the top and deepest in the National League, but the difference of a progressing pitching staff and the guidance of Bud Black will finally make the difference.