The Colorado Rockies have some fun offensive players to watch. They’ll mash teams into submission, especially at hitter-friendly Coors Field. But can this team actually win games? Is there any hope in 2013?
Well, the Rockies have the misfortune of playing in a division with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. Those two teams are close to, if not the class of the National League. So any talk of this team winning the NL West is silly. So will this team compete for a Wild Card? Can they sneak into the playoffs through the back door?
We know they’ll hit, but will they pitch? Is there anyone in the rotation that can get people out? The answer to this question isn’t too good.
Now, things can happen and maybe the Rockies will shock us with their rotation, but based on what I am seeing, it just isn’t there quite yet. When your top starter is Jorge De La Rosa, you seem to be in a world of trouble. Now there’s talk of the Rockies looking for a potential trade for starting pitching, but as we’ve learned over the years, finding quality pitching isn’t easy or cheap on the trade market. This year’s class of free agent pitchers wasn’t exactly full of top-of-the-rotation guys. So they’re between a rock-and-a-hard-place at the moment.
Their bullpen isn’t exactly full of world-beaters either. Closer Rafael Betancourt did save 31 games last year, but blew seven opportunities. That doesn’t translate into a dominating closer.
The Rockies just have to hope that some of the young arms in their system can come up and make a difference. Because the way I look at things, they’re in a world of trouble.