Overall health and depth
Sure, it’s worrisome to think about an injury on the mound. However, it’s even a little scarier to think about what were to happen if an injury were to keep one of Colorado’s star players out for an extended period of time.
Nick Groke talked about this some in this article (subscription required) for The Athletic, looking back at last season’s elbow injury suffered by Trevor Story late in the campaign and the fear that that could derail Colorado’s chance of reaching the postseason. As we all know now, Colorado was able to withstand the games missed by Story and still force a Game 163 for the National League West title.
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If Story or Arenado were to miss time this year, are the Rockies confident enough in their depth to help them weather the storm? Could Ryan McMahon step in for Arenado and/or Garrett Hampson or Brendan Rodgers for Story? If Mark Reynolds or Ian Desmond suffer injuries as they have in years past with the Rockies, is there enough depth to spread around the field and the batting order?
Daniel Murphy was Colorado’s biggest signing of the offseason but only played in 91 games last season after undergoing knee surgery. Can the soon-to-be-34-year-old stay healthy this year? If not, can Colorado’s offense adapt and survive?
Sure, these are all “what ifs,” but they are still possibilities. And the bottom line is this, any injury of any significance will test Colorado’s depth and younger players.