The 2018 Major League Baseball season starts today, including the Colorado Rockies facing the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight at 8:10 Mountain time. So be excited and do not hide it.
The Rockies made it to the postseason last year for the first time since 2009. Despite surprising many national (and even a few local) writers, somehow no Rockie won any major awards. That could change in 2018.
For background, I’ve been one win off the last two seasons on my annual predictions. Last year, I tabbed eight of the 10 playoff teams and all in the correct spot too. So don’t be surprised if a lot of this comes true. Also don’t be surprised if none of it comes true because there is a reason they play the games.
Rockies Wins: 89
Last year, the Colorado Rockies won 87 games. This season, they’ve kept a trio of terrific relievers in the backend of the bullpen. The names are different than the ones who finished last season but Bryan Shaw, who will fill the Pat Neshek role, is in purple for a full season, not a half-season. That’s helpful. But more importantly the Rockies have high end potential young players, who are MLB-ready at Triple-A and more who will become ready this season who are at Double-A.
The club has more depth than last season but they have some questions at catcher, as well as a few regression candidates. Overall, the team should improve considerably but drop a few games because the National League has followed suit.