Spring Training is back in full swing and with that comes the speculation and predictions for each team. These are good articles to look over if you have questions on where your team will stand in 2018. As for the Colorado Rockies, it seems as though they can’t catch a break when it comes to projections. So that ensures a “Rockies vs. Everyone” mentality as they embark upon the 2018 season.
The only publication that seems to truly believe in the Rockies is Bleacher Report. They have the Rockies finishing in second place with a record of 91-71. Now if that were to happen, the Rockies would be the top Wild Card while Arizona is predicted to get the second Wild Card. Are you ready for another Game 163 at Coors Field?
On the other hand, more dire projections about the Rockies came from Baseball Prospectus. They had Rockies finishing in fourth place with a record of 78-84. I am not too sure how they conjured that one up. The nail in the coffin was that the Giants were in third despite their offseason moves and having a serious age problem to deal with.
Fangraphs would be the moderate projection in this case. They have the Rockies finishing with a record of 80-82. Though that’s a safe projection, they still have the Rox in fourth place in the division.
Let’s go over the factors of these projections.
Why are they below the Giants?
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It appears that everyone has jumped onto the San Francisco Giants bandwagon. Yes it’s an even year … but that doesn’t mean that this team is up to the same standards as Colorado. The Giants made offseason moves, but in my opinion they went about them the wrong way. They traded for guys who are most certainly out of their prime. It seems as though, because of this, many people believe the Giants have a fighting chance. I’ll put it simple terms, I believe they thought wrong.
It comes as no surprise that publications are downplaying the Rockies. They’ve been doing it for a long time. Rox Pile’s Kevin Henry wrote an article about why there are poor predictions. Despite offensive stars like Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon, the Rockies are seemingly overshadowed every year. The only way to show their worth is by proving every team in the NL West wrong. I’m not too sure what the Rockies record will be this season, but aiming for 91 wins is a good start.
The Colorado Rockies are a team that gets constantly looked over and underestimated by publications and other teams alike. With the 2018 season rapidly approaching, it’s getting down to the time where they must show their true worth. The Rockies must have a mentality that it’s OK to read projections, but what they produce on paper and on the field are two separate things.
In the end, essentially, you have the Rockies dealing with the naysayers on all sides, meaning the Rockies are not only playing against the other teams, but everyone else as well.