The Colorado Rockies are who we thought they were. They hit a lot, pitched a little and the results were less than ideal. Coors Field produced an astounding total of 1,579 runs, 311 more than the next highest venue. The nature of their ballclub is conducive to fantasy baseball players but does not translate into tangible success on the field.
Colorado’s offense in the thin Rocky Mountain air was the closest thing to watching fantasy baseball come to life. Their lineup was tied for the major league lead in batting average, hitting an astounding .274 as a team. They scored 758 runs despite missing a combined total of 142 games from their superstar duo of Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzski.
Healthy seasons from their two sluggers combined with production from several key role players could make them the highest scoring offense in the upcoming season.
Colorado added the consistent bat of Michael Cuddyer to complete a dangerous outfield with Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler.
Fowler received a well-deserved contract extension after posting the best numbers of his young career. He batted .300 and added double digit triples for the fourth straight season. Fowler and teammate Josh Rutledge are worth targeting in the late rounds of your fantasy drafts. Rutledge is a sleeper to become a top-five fantasy second baseman.
As good as Colorado was offensively, it was transcended by the horrendous pitching.
As a unit, they were dead last in team ERA, WHIP and batting average against. Colorado sent 14 different starters to the mound in 2012 in an endless quest for a solution. None of their options finished the season with an ERA lower than 4.43.
They didn’t make any efforts to improve their rotation over the off-season, entering 2013 with Jorge de la Rosa as their number one starter by default.
Colorado’s top five fantasy hitters: 1.Troy Tulowitzki, 2. Carlos Gonzalez, 3. Josh Rutledge, 4. Dexter Fowler, 5. Wilin Rosario
Colorado’s top three fantasy pitchers: 1 Jhoulys Chacin, 2. Drew Pomeranz, 3. Rafael Betancourt
Colorado projected record: 70-92
Stay tuned over the next month while I preview one team each day in preparation for the 2013 baseball season.