Colorado Rockies: 5 statistics that must improve in 2018
By Kevin Henry
WAR outside of Big 3
Speaking of Arenado, Blackmon and LeMahieu, it’s no secret that they are three of the biggest components of Colorado’s success. However, last season they showed just how much they meant to the squad.
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Of Colorado’s position players, outside of those three players, the Rockies posted a 0.0 WAR. We talked about the strikeout struggles of Story and the ground ball struggles of Desmond on previous pages, but there is plenty of improvement to be had outside of just those players.
There are certainly reasons to think that Colorado will be better offensively this season. The potential return of David Dahl as well as the addition of Ryan McMahon and his bat in a more prominent role are certainly good signs. A healthy and rejuvenated Desmond and a Gerardo Parra who can show the same improvement in 2018 over 2017 than he did in 2017 over 2016 would play huge roles in improving Colorado’s WAR as well.
It’s a team game and Colorado needs its lineup to be solid all the way through. Last season, there were plenty of times that production trailed off dramatically after the top three spots in the Colorado batting order. That simply can’t happen again in 2018.