Colorado Rockies: Top 10 all-time best Opening Day lineups

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 18: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates with Charlie Blackmon #19 after hitting an eighth inning two-run home run against the Miami Marlins at Coors Field on August 18, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 18: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates with Charlie Blackmon #19 after hitting an eighth inning two-run home run against the Miami Marlins at Coors Field on August 18, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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Larry Walker of the Colorado Rockies
25 May 1997: Outfielder Larry Walker of the Colorado Rockies against the Houston Astros at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. (Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr /Allsport) /

2. 1997: (Overall Batter OPS+ 106)

  1. Eric Young Sr. 2B
  2. Ellis Burks CF
  3. Dante Bichette LF
  4. Larry Walker RF
  5. Andres Galarraga 1B
  6. Vinny Castilla 3B
  7. Kirt Manwaring C
  8. Walt Weiss SS
  9. Kevin Ritz P

As promised, we continue with the best version of the Blake Street Bombers. Unfortunately they were completely wasted by a team ERA of 5.25. If they could have gotten league average pitching we could be talking about one of the best teams of all time. Instead, the only MVP season (Larry Walker) in Rockies history ended without a postseason berth.

There is three 40+ homer and four 30+ homer hitters throughout the heart of this lineup. The leadoff man hit .282 and swiped 32 bags before a midseason trade with the rival Dodgers. Prior to 1995, only the 1977 Los Angeles Dodgers had four hitters with 30+ homers. This was Colorado’s third consecutive year of accomplishing this feat (they again did this in 1999). This still has not been matched. No other has more than one such season (the aforementioned Dodgers, 1977 and 1997).

So how is this not the best? Well, buckle up for a bit of a shocker….

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