Can they take advantage of a weak schedule to start the season?
The Colorado Rockies will play 104 games before they play their doubleheader against the San Diego Padres on August 2, which is the date of the trade deadline in 2022.
41 of those games will be against teams that had a worse record than them in 2021. They will also face the Reds three times (they won 83 games but regressed a lot this offseason), Cleveland three times, and the Padres 11 times as well. That is 58 games, or 56 percent of their games, against teams that they *should* be able to win some series against.
Before the trade deadline, the Rockies also only face the Dodgers for one series at Dodger Stadium. The final time the Dodgers come to Coors is in July.
If they can play to a .500 record, then the Rockies will almost certainly be buyers at the trade deadline. It *should* be realistic but the Rockies have played poorly to start seasons in each of the last two full seasons (19-34 start in their first 53 games in 2021 and 20-25 in their first 45 games in 2019).
There will be plenty of other storylines throughout the season but these five storylines will determine whether or not they still are a bad team stuck in the middle, if there’s light at the end of the tunnel, or if they are the “snake in the grass” that will “shock the world” as they proclaimed that they would in 2021.