The first Power Rankings of 2021 are out and the Colorado Rockies are looking up at much of Major League Baseball.
In its initial Power Rankings after the start of the new year, MLB.com is ranking the Colorado Rockies 27th out of MLB’s 30 teams. The Rockies finished the 2020 season ranked 23rd in the same Power Rankings. However, an offseason that has seen the Rockies part ways with former All-Star outfielder David Dahl and catcher Tony Wolters in cost-cutting moves and continued questions about the futures of Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story in the Mile High City have tumbled the Rockies further down the charts.
Colorado’s low placement should come as little surprise as the team, with its current lineup, is projected to have the lowest WAR of any MLB squad. And that was before the San Diego Padres made big moves on the pitching front just before 2020 ended, making trades to acquire starters Yu Darvish and Blake Snell.
The only teams to start 2021 behind the Rockies in the Power Rankings are the Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, and Pittsburgh Pirates. Meanwhile, just ahead of the Rockies in the rankings are the Arizona Diamondbacks, coming in 26th. San Francisco is ranked 20th, giving the National League West three teams in the bottom 11.
Colorado’s competition in the NL West is well represented at the top, however, with the defending World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers holding down the top spot and the Padres coming in second. As a note, the Rockies are scheduled to open the 2021 season at home against the Dodgers on April 1. It’s part of a NL West-heavy start to the 2021 slate as the Rockies will have 18 games against division foes in April (provided the season schedule stays as it currently is, but there are many questions about that as the COVID-19 vaccine slowly rolls out across the United States).
That scheduled opening month of 2021 includes seven games against the Dodgers. Colorado’s first encounter with San Diego isn’t scheduled until May 10-12 at Coors Field.