5 Colorado Rockies Storylines to Follow During Spring Training

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5 Colorado Rockies Storylines to Follow During Spring Training

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Baseball season is just short ways away, and MLB's 30 teams are eager for the opportunity to play in October.

The Colorado Rockies are looking to improve on their small success in 2013 as they earned 10 more wins than they did in 2012. However, there is still work to be done as the Rockies still finished in last place in the NL West with a record of 74-88. If they are going to be competing with the division-winning Los Angeles Dodgers, they are going to have to play at a higher level and get off to a fast start. They cannot afford a fourth straight losing season. Their last appearance in the playoffs was back in 2009, where they were knocked out in the NLDS by the 2008 World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies in four games.

The Rockies have not had a winning season since 2010, so it appears that they are long overdue to return to the promised land and make the October run. However, the road for the 2014 season is going to be a challenging one. With more pieces lost during the offseason than gained, the team will have some new pieces going into Spring Training. That said, it is anyone's season coming in, and the Rockies are looking forward to making a splash this year.

With Spring Training starting up next month, here are five storylines that Rockies fans should follow.

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5. Life without Todd Helton

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It has been a long time since the Rockies have not had Todd Helton in Spring Training. He will be replaced by offseason acquisition Justin Morneau, who has had his share of injuries and is a shell of his former self. It should be interesting to see how life in Colorado is without the longtime veteran.

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4. Loss of Dexter Fowler Reduces Speed

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Dexter Fowler was traded to the Houston Astros. This decreased the team's speed as Fowler was their fastest player. There is no doubt that they will miss Fowler's base-stealing and his abilities in the outfield, but it is a move that they are going to have to adjust to.

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3. Walt Weiss' Sophomore Year

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Walt Weiss will be entering his second year as the skipper of the Rockies and saw minor success in the team's win total. He will be looking to take that next step and increase the win total again, and maybe even get the team in playoff discussions.

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2. Pitching

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Entering Spring Training, the Rockies have only four pitchers that will be in the rotation, with one spot still to be decided. The pitching for the Rockies was not stellar last year, so they will have a lot to prove once the regular season begins.

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1. Catcher

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The Rockies were interested in Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz during the offseason, but he decided to stay in Philadelphia. They will look to give catcher Wilin Rosario an extended role as he will possibly see time at first base or right field. One of the more promising players in the lineup, they will depend upon Rosario to produce at a high level this year. Backup Jordan Pacheco will have to step up as well.

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