Colorado Rockies: why Rockies fans should not be disappointed

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 29: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies gestures to the crowd after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on September 29, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 29: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies gestures to the crowd after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on September 29, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies
DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 29: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies gestures to the crowd after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on September 29, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /

Less than 48 hours after the Rockies were kicked out of the 2017 MLB Playoffs, most fans probably are not yet over the loss two nights ago. It was an all around historically good wild card game in which the Rockies battled back down 6-0, only to be defeated 11-8 and to never quite take a lead. It’s hard to look at the season in perspective after such a good start to the season ended in only playing 1 total postseason game. However, Rockies fans should not be disappointed at all, and here’s why:

The Colorado Rockies have proven they are ahead of schedule

This year, The Rockies won 87 games. This is the third best record in Colorado Rockies history. It is also only 5 games behind the 2009 team, which holds the most wins in a season at 92 wins. They are one of only 8 Rockies teams ever to go above .500.

For a big chunk of the year, the Rockies were on pace to win the division, at one point leading by more than 10 games. Their lineup consisted of two MVP candidates.

They also had an above average pitching rotation that was mostly rookies and younger players. Jon Grey, German Marquez, Kyle Freeland, Jeff Hoffman. For the start of the year, we had Antonio Senzatela, and then Chad Bettis for the latter half of the year. What do all these pitchers have in common? They are all under 30 years old, Bettis being the oldest at age 28.

No need to stop there, however. Nolan Arenado is only 26. Trevor Story is only 24. DJ LeMahieu is only 29, and one of the most underrated players in all of baseball. This team found a way to make it to the postseason, and it doesn’t stop there. With minor leaguers such as Ryan McMahon, David Dahl, and Brendan Rodgers coming up soon, the Rockies are set to be a contender in the very near future, and stay in contention for the following years to come.

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