Colorado Rockies: NL West outlook based off Spring Training

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 05: A detail of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick during a spring training game between the Chicago Cubs and the Colorado Rockies on March 5, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 05: A detail of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick during a spring training game between the Chicago Cubs and the Colorado Rockies on March 5, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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San Fransisco Giants

SCOTTSDALE, AZ – MARCH 09: Buster Posey. Getty Images.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ – MARCH 09: Buster Posey. Getty Images. /

This is apparently the team that some sports publications are saying will finish higher than the Rockies…wow. I guess since it’s an even year so we should all jump on the bandwagon. They are currently 10-7 and have yet to play the Rockies this Spring. Despite having an age problem, many believe they will finish higher up due to what they did this offseason. Speaking of that, let’s take a look at how those guys are doing.

Evan Longoria, 32, has had an ok spring. He’s currently posting a .300 BA, which is good, but he only has a homer and 4 RBI. Moving onto Andrew McCutchen, the 31 year-old outfielder is currently hitting .318. Buster Posey, 30, has only played in 3 games so far but he does have a high BA of .571. He has only played in 3 games due to him having an ankle “tweak”. His return went well so he’s probably on track to recovery. These are the main guys on offense most people will recognize first. The rate their going this Spring I’ll be eager to see if age plays a role in this team as many of the players may be out of their prime.

Turning towards pitching Madison Bumgarner is doing great. Despite a bit of a high ERA of 4.15 he has 22 strikeouts in the 12 innings he’s pitched. He, like Kershaw, will put up another great year if he’s healthy.

Jeff Samardzija on the other hand isn’t having the best time he has an ERA of 10.64. This is because he’s given up 6 homers, 7 walks and allowed 13 errors in just 4 games. Johnny Cueto is having what’s expected this from a pitcher. I’ll be eager to see how former Dodger Tony Watson does this season. Currently, he’s pitched in 4 1/3 innings and given up 7 hits, 1 homer, and 3 walks. As for closer Mark Melancon, he’s barely gotten any playing time. Just 2 innings all spring.

The key moves the Giants have made this season were to help their offense. Now we’ll have to see if these additions will help or hurt the franchise.

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