Colorado Rockies’ Pitching Staff Gives Team Legitimate Hope
The Colorado Rockies are one of the best stories of the 2013 season, but will their story be the length of a Dr. Seuss or Harry Potter book?
They have been one of the better offensive teams in baseball, with Troy Tulowitzki leading the charge. Tulowitzki can make a case for being the early season MVP of the NL, seeing that he has an OPS over 1.000 and has been worth a fantastic 2.8 fWAR.
Outside of Tulo, they are getting huge production out of Carlos Gonzalez, Michael Cuddyer and Dexter Fowler, which shouldn’t be too much of a surprise. Their pitching staff, however, is a huge surprise.
The Rockies do not have one pitcher that has a negative fWAR. Yes, the Rockies, a team whose pitching staff was so bad in 2012 that they used a four-man rotation, has a top-five pitching staff in baseball. They are finally getting huge production out of Jhoulys Chacin, who is leading the charge with 1.5 fWAR , and Tyler Chatwood, who has dominated in his five starts.
If I were a betting man, however, I can’t really see the Rockies taking control of the National League West. I mean, these pitchers will eventually hit a wall, and so will their over-performing hitters. The fact that they aren’t in first place with this production is rather surprising as is, so it’s hard to imagine that they could get any better when they are already playing so well.
Regardless of what I think, though, it’s nice to see the Rockies having some success after last season. I just hope they make the wild NL West even wilder.
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