Are Szymborski and ZiPS too harsh on the Colorado Rockies? You can contend that they are, considering the Rockies won 74 games, which is actually an improvement on their winning percentages in 2019 and 2020. However, at least in this area, Szymborski is absolutely correct.
Cron had a career year in 2021 and he’s going to be 32 in a few days. When Story leaves, Cron will be, by far, the Rockies best hitter. On a good team and with Cron’s projections (a 113 OPS+), he is probably a #6 hitter.
Also, Szymborski was absolutely correct with this.
The Rockies ended up being relevant in the Wild Card hunt for a couple of seasons and then they meandered off into mediocrity. Not bad enough where they are a 100+ loss team (because of the pitching) but just good enough to not divert their course of sticking with their current players.
Ryan McMahon and Brendan Rodgers have the most potential for growth on the team offensively but outside of those two and Cron, the Rockies offense is bleak.
Charlie Blackmon isn’t getting any younger and he is hitting for less power. Can Connor Joe replicate his 211 plate appearance production from 2021 into a 600 plate appearance season in 2022?
That’s only one question with a lineup full of them.