Once the 2017 World Series came to a close, thoughts around the Colorado Rockies and other Major League Baseball teams immediately turned to 2018. With the Houston Astros now installed as the defending World Champions, all eyes will be on how other teams can take the title away from the first-time World Series winners.
The Rockies made the playoffs in 2017 and are expected to once again make a run at the National League postseason in 2018. With a young rotation in place and MVP candidates Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado anchoring the offense, things look good for the Rockies heading into next season. However, ESPN is not so sure about Colorado’s strengths … at least for now.
In its first power rankings for the 2018 season (yes, the 2017 World Series is less than 12 hours behind us), ESPN has the Rockies ranked 15th among Major League Baseball’s 30 teams. National League West rivals Los Angeles (2nd) and Arizona (7th) are ranked ahead of the Rockies, as are National League foes Washington (4th), Chicago (8th), St. Louis (9th), Milwaukee (12th) and Pittsburgh (13th).
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That makes up seven National League teams ahead of the Rockies in the power rankings, subtly saying that the folks behind the power rankings at ESPN put little faith into Colorado returning to the postseason … at least right now.
A lot will change in the coming weeks with free agency, and the Rockies certainly have a lot of questions to answer. Will Greg Holland return in the closer role? Have we seen the last of Carlos Gonzalez in a Rockies uniform? What about 2017 trade deadline acquisitions Pat Neshek and Jonathan Lucroy? Will the Rockies try to lock up Blackmon to a long-term deal?
These are just some of the things we will be watching in the offseason. The answers to these questions could not only boost Colorado in power rankings, but also ensure that they are better suited for another postseason run when the 2018 season opens.