The Colorado Rockies have plenty of offensive talent on their roster, but the problem they have is keeping those talented players healthy throughout an entire season.
Injuries are just a part of the game, but it seems like the Rockies deal with a major injury to one of their star players every season. One year it will be Carlos Gonzalez getting injured hustling to catch an outfield fly ball, and the next year Troy Tulowitzki will hurt himself legging out an infield single.
Then there’s Todd Helton, who just keeps getting older and is still dealing with lingering back issues. Helton may not be one of their better players at this point, so an injury to him isn’t as meaningful, but is just sad at this point.
Tulowitzki and Gonzalez are the two best players on the team and if they can stay healthy for the entire season, then the Rockies still have an outside chance at making some noise in the NL West. If either one of them go down again this season, it will be just like last year when the Rockies were basically fielding a minor league team at the end of the year.
There have been questions about whether or not Tulo is injury-prone, and they are warranted. Since the start of the 2008 season, Tulo has only played in 69% of Colorado’s game due to multiple injuries. Many of the injuries were freak injuries (getting hit by a pitch, cutting his hand on a bat etc.), but he’s also suffered structural damage to his quadriceps and hip during his time with the Rockies.
It’s impossible to predict injuries, but the only way the Rockies have any chance to have success in 2013 is if their star players can remain healthy. If not, then expect another cellar-dwelling year for Tulo, CarGo and company.