How do you fix the offense?
The Rockies underperformed all season at the plate. Fans kept waiting for the team’s offense to fire on all cylinders and post the kind of numbers it did during the final homestand of the season when it posted blowout wins over the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals. Yes, the offense finally looked solid at the end of September after a frustrating season of sputtering.
Changes will need to be made in the offseason to ensure Colorado’s offense carries its end of the load. Thankfully, the Rockies rotation was among the best-ever put together by the franchise and often carried the team to victory. One, however, can’t assume that that will always be the case.
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So what kind of changes will be made? Among those are decisions on who will fill the spots of LeMahieu, Parra and Gonzalez if they are not back with the Rockies next season. Will these be internal candidates like David Dahl, Garrett Hampson and/or Brendan Rodgers or will the Rockies look to make a splash in free agency by signing a corner outfielder who can bring some much-needed pop to the lineup?
Knowing the contract situation of Nolan Arenado, it’s likely the Rockies will fill those positions internally and hope that new faces in the lineup can bring some offensive firepower. Dahl showcased his skills throughout the season, including a power burst during the final few games. That was a good sign, especially if those numbers can translate to a full season and Dahl gets the chance to shine.
And that leads us to our next topic…