Last month we discussed three reasons the Colorado Rockies could be better than people think in 2022.
Since the owners insist on extending the lockout after more than reasonable demands by their workforce to put an end to service time manipulation, here we are not talking about actual games.
Here’s to crossing our fingers and hoping not too many games are missed in April. In the meantime, let’s discuss how this season could be more difficult for the Rockies in 2022.
The MLB lockout slows development for the Colorado Rockies
Outside of Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story, the Colorado Rockies are made up of a young core that will need every bit of time to develop. That especially goes for the pitching staff. Austin Gomber started the season off rough but progressively got better as he adjusted to the team throughout the year until an injury ended his season.
Rehabbing from that, especially in spring training would do wonders for Gomber and without that, April and May could be a rough start. That does not just apply to one player.
Usually, the Rockies start seasons incredibly hot. It’s when June or July rolls around that reality starts to sink in. Even take the pandemic shortened 2020 season, for example, they started off as one of the best teams in the league that season and the playoffs seemed like a lock even if it was because the playoffs were expanded so widely.
Maybe the way they played in the latter half of that season was their true colors but the Rockies didn’t have much time to sort things out. Canceling spring training this year and missing games will have a similar effect.