Don’t get me wrong, I think the Rockies will still be a very good team in 2019, but I think having one of those players starting instead of the combination of Tony Wolters and Chris Iannetta could have made a world of difference between a good team and a championship team.
With that said, I think the Rockies are a bubble team in 2019. Too many teams improved where the Rockies didn’t. Mark Reynolds and Daniel Murphy are the big acquisitions that Colorado made and they don’t stack up with the other teams, to me.
The Phillies added Realmuto, Bryce Harper, Andrew McCutchen, Jean Segura and David Robertson to an already strong roster. The Cardinals added Paul Goldschmidt and Andrew Miller to a team that finished just 2 games (through 162) behind the Rockies in 2018.
The New York Mets added a lot. Wilson Ramos, Robinson Canó, Edwin Diaz, Jed Lowrie. they re-signed Jeurys Familia and they will have a full season of Brandon Nimmo in the outfield. I’m not sure that they are going to be a great team, but they definitely have the talent to win 90+ games. The Padres got a little better, the Reds aren’t going to be an easy 6 or 7 wins anymore, The National League, overall, got better.