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5 Questions the Colorado Rockies Must Answer During Spring Training

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5 Questions the Colorado Rockies Must Answer During Spring Training

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The National League West was a very interesting division in 2013. It was actually one of the most actively changing divisions in all of Major League Baseball. For the first half of the season the leader of the division changed between almost every team in there. The Colorado Rockies were in the mix there for a while before mid-season when everything changed.

Looking back for the Rockies is much different than it would be for a few other teams. They were in the first of a new era under Walt Weiss and really were not expected to compete for very long. With the way they competed for much of the first half in 2013, they expect to be even better in 2014 and why not? Sure there are other teams in the division that are supposed to be better than them but that was the case at the beginning of 2013 too.

It is a good time to be a fan of the Rockies because of this. They have new additions on offense and the pitching staff. They have to start over without Todd Helton and Dexter Fowler, one from retirement and Fowler was traded. All in all there are a ton of reasons to tune in to what is happening for the Rockies this Spring Training. Here are five questions that they will need to answer before the end of the spring.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – How Will Nolan Arenado Pull Offense up to Match Defense?

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Arenado seemed to come out of nowhere to be one of the if not the best defensive third baseman in the NL last season. Offensively the young star was lagging behind his defense however. This spring he is known to be trying to focus on his offense. Getting that part of his game going would create a huge force on that side of the infield for the Rockies. However they can assist him in getting that going, they need to do it.

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4 – How Will Justin Morneau Play and Prepare?

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Morneau was one of the most respected first baseman in MLB not too long ago. Now he has fallen a little bit to a point where he was willing to sign a short term deal to try and prove what his worth should still be. Can he rebound in Colorado and rebuild his reputation to that of one of the best first baseman in the game?

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3 – Who Will Win Final Rotation Spot?

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I am all about having competition for rotation spots in Spring Training. I think it is definitely the way to find the best man for that last spot or the last two spots. The Rockies appear to currently have four men to fill one spot, assuming they don’t plan to hit the season with an 8-man rotation. This should be a question it is very interesting to watch the Rockies answer.

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2 – Can Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez Start 2014 at 100 Percent?

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These two are the key to the Rockies season once again. They are the best out there for the Rockies and have proven to be two of the best in all of MLB. They simply have not been able to stay healthy however. To help assist that process the Rockies have to ensure they are both at 100 percent when the season starts.

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1 – Can Michael Cuddyer Pick Up Role of Team Leader?

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There are going to be a lot of things outside of the baseball field that the Rockies are bound to miss about Todd Helton. The probable Hall of Famer has retired and the important position of team leader is vacant. Cuddyer seems likely a good man to take the job. How well can he grab that during Spring Training?