Colorado Rockies and a look at the National League West

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DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 30: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies turns the first half of a double play in the first inning against Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on September 30, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 30: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies turns the first half of a double play in the first inning against Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on September 30, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies
Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies /

Colorado Rockies

If you have been following my work, you might have read my piece declaring that the Rockies have the best bullpen in the National League. We are less than a week away from pitchers and catchers reporting to camp … and I am sticking with that take. With the addition of Wade Davis, Bryan Shaw, Jake McGee this off-season season, and Mike Dunn and Adam Ottavino already in the pen, the Rockies are going to be darn near impossible to beat late in the game. Colorado’s game plan is to put a couple runs on the board, while getting to the bullpen early to protect their young starting pitchers.

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National League West competitors are going to have one heck of a time getting through Charlie Blackmon too, who became the first player in Major League Baseball history to lead the league in hits, runs scored, triples, and total bases in one season, according to Baseball-Reference.com. The Rockies still have a missing bat at first base, but there is absolutely no doubt about the other corner of the infield. Rockies NL MVP candidate third baseman, Nolan Arenado, set a career high OPS of .959 in addition to 37 home runs and 130 RBI during the 2017 campaign. Oh, and good luck hitting a ball by the guy who won his fifth Gold Glove and his first Platinum Glove at third base.

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