Colorado Rockies Twitter Q&A
Now to answer some of your questions submitted to me on Twitter about our Colorado Rockies.
We kind of touched on this earlier in this season preview, but I believe the Rockies are making a concerted effort to improve their bats while taking a bit of a sacrifice defensively. We’ve all seen how drastic the results were from homestand to road trip last season and I believe the Rockies are trying to combat that. Well, at least to some degree.
It’s hard losing a guy like Story, but outside of his glove, I don’t think we’re losing too much defensively. There can also be a defensive benefit just by getting Charlie Blackmon into the DH role. While I think many of the advanced defensive metrics are still wonky, some have been really harsh on Charlie Blackmon. Sam Hilliard and Randal Grichuk at least provide a little more speed in the outfield, so it may not be the worst development.
What they’re losing defensively, I believe they’re gaining offensively, so it balances out.
There is no making sense of the Colorado Rockies. You just have to sit back and attempt to enjoy the ride (I won’t lie, sometimes it’s terrible). The NL West is a really tough division and yes, they’re likely destined to finish in 4th behind the Dodgers, Giants, and Padres. But I think they see a lot more potential out of this lineup than most.
And that can be fair as I, too, see a lot of potential to really make a big jump in guys like McMahon, Rodgers, and Hilliard. The difference is knowing where the floor is and understanding what a realistic jump looks like.
Even with improvements, I don’t think the Rockies can contend this year, but dare I say I think they’re setting the foundation for future years and could contend somewhat soon. That’s as long as they continue to be aggressive in the offseason, which is a humongous IF given what we’ve seen from them in the past.