1. 2007 Colorado Rockies (90-73)
The best team in franchise history isn’t necessarily a surprise, but a World Series berth and a 90-win season is absolutely worth being atop a list of all-time greats. The 2007 Rockies were great for a bunch of reasons. The lineup was comprised of unknown talent, but the strengths of each player formed an explosive roster which gave opposing teams fits all year.
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Matt Holliday (who definitely touched the plate in game 163) led the team on offense all year and finished with 36 home runs and a .340 average. Newcomer Troy Tulowitzki burst on the scene and provided steady defense and an uncommon amount of power from the shortstop position in his first year with the team. Willy Taveras and Kazuo Matsui stole 30 bags apiece and gave the Rockies an unfamiliar feature at the top of the lineup.
Not only was the lineup packed with talent from top to bottom, but the pitching staff was respectable all year. Jeff Francis made a case for the NL Cy Young with a 17-9 record and Aaron Cook posted a 4.12 ERA to lead the staff.
Though the season ended in a heart-wrenching sweep in the World Series, the 2007 Rockies season was special from start to finish.
Looking back at how the teams rank all-time, the Rockies succeed when the emphasis is on balanced pitching and offense. Ten years later, the Rockies look like they might have something special brewing, but the season is still young. For now, the 2007 Rockies remain atop the list of all-time great teams.