5. 1995 Colorado Rockies (77-67)
The 1995 Colorado Rockies finished a respectable 10 games above .500, and provided the franchise with its first taste of postseason action. However, the most notable trait of the team was the birth of the “Blake Street Bombers.” The lineup featured four sluggers who hit over 30 homers and hit well above league average.
The most impressive performance of the season came from Dante Bichette, who accounted for 40 home runs, 128 RBI, and posted a .340 batting average. Bichette was joined in the middle of the lineup by Larry Walker, Vinny Castilla, and Andres Galarraga. The core of the Rockies roster carried the team to the playoffs, but the lack of experience and talent in the pitching staff eventually doomed the young club.
The so-called “ace” of the 1995 squad was Kevin Ritz. If the name doesn’t exactly ring a bell, it is not without reason. Ritz posted an 11-11 record with a 4.21 ERA, and was unable to dominate in games which he received massive run support. Bill Swift and Armando Reynoso tried to support Ritz in the rotation, but a combined 16 wins along with a 4.94 and 5.32 ERA respectively didn’t exactly get the job done.
After the season ended in a 3-1 series loss in the NLDS, the 1995 Rockies did enough to earn a spot on the list, but did even more to set the next team on the list up for success.