Colorado Rockies: The five most pressing questions heading into 2019

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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02: Scott Oberg #45 and Tony Wolters #14 of the Colorado Rockies celebrate defeating the Chicago Cubs 2-1 in thirteen innings to win the National League Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field on October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02: Scott Oberg #45 and Tony Wolters #14 of the Colorado Rockies celebrate defeating the Chicago Cubs 2-1 in thirteen innings to win the National League Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field on October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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David Dahl of the Colorado Rockies
CHICAGO, IL – MAY 01: David Dahl #26 of the Colorado Rockies runs the bases after hitting a home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning on May 1, 2018 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) /

Welcome back Major League Baseball! Its Opening Day as the Colorado Rockies travel to meet the Miami Marlins.

There is a ton of optimism for the Colorado Rockies heading into the season with MVP candidate Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, and Charlie Blackmon leading the way. However, there are some question marks facing the team as they go for their third consecutive playoff appearance.

Here are five pressing questions going into the 2019 season.

Who will replace Adam Ottavino in the bullpen?

The bullpen largely underperformed last season with a combined 4.62 ERA … but one of the lone bright spots came from Adam Ottavino. Now that Ottavino has departed to the New York Yankees, the Rockies have a huge void to fill to bridge the gap to closer Wade Davis.

Scott Oberg looks build on his success from last season and possibly become the setup man.  Seunghwan Oh was a critical trade acquisition at the deadline and was key to the Rockies’ playoff run. However, the 36-year-old had a rough spring could be running out of gas. The Rockies’ best hope to replace Ottavino might have to come from one of their high-priced relievers (Jake McGee, Bryan Shaw, and/or Mike Dunn) finally living up their contract.

Can David Dahl stay healthy?

Dahl is a potential All-Star in the making. He has power, speed, and can play anywhere in the outfield but, for some reason, he hasn’t been able to off the newly renamed Injured List early in his career.

In 2015, he missed a chunk of his minor league season with a lacerated spleen. He was out all of 2017 with a rib stress fracture and missed a couple of months last season with a broken foot. However, Dahl and the Rockies hope that this issue is in the past. Dahl bulked up this offseason to be more durable throughout the season and the Rockies have put a lot of faith in him by not re-signing veteran outfielders Carlos Gonzalez and Gerardo Parra.

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