What will Colorado’s 2017 record be (162-game regular season schedule)?
The Rockies should end up somewhere in the .500 range, my prediction being 84-78. As usual, they will start out in the playoff race, somewhere around 27-13 through the first 40 games. Then, the Dog Days of June and July will settle in. They’ll slip out of the division title race, but will still cruise to a Wild Card berth against either the Giants or Dodgers (whoever doesn’t take the division). The bullpen and starting rotation will keep the team around .500 and the horrible stretch they always go through mid-year won’t be quite as bad.
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Who will be Colorado’s biggest surprise and disappointment?
David Dahl has relatively low expectations this season. My prediction is he breaks out with the help of Coors Field to have an All-Star caliber year, even if he doesn’t get voted in. I also believe Nolan Arenado will once again be statistically the best player in baseball, but this year he will come home with the MVP since his team will be significantly better.
Why will or why won’t Colorado make the playoffs?
Ultimately, Colorado will not win their first division title, but will capture the first playoff spot since 2009. Although they won’t go much further than the NLDS, I do think anything can happen in a win or go home Wild Card game. You never know who will end up winning those games, so making it to the NLDS is definitely a possibility.