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5 Reasons Why The Colorado Rockies Will Win The NL West

5 Reasons Why The Colorado Rockies Will Win The NL West

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The Colorado Rockies aren't considered clear-cut contenders because of a severe lack of starting pitching, but their explosive ability to score runs and mostly reliable bullpen will propel them to contention in September. The Rockies are for real despite being noticeably flawed. Colorado boasts a squad capable of out-scoring any team in the big leagues on any given night, and here are five reasons why the Rockies will win the NL West.

5. The Power Stroke

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5. The Power Stroke

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The Mile High City owns the most prolific HR-hitting team in baseball at the moment, and the sluggers don't appear to be slowing down anytime soon. The Rockies have bashed 58 home runs through the first 40-plus games of the season. As a unit, they've have racked-up a league-leading 733 total bases and 227 RBIs as a result. Five different players have launched at least six home runs, making them a force to be reckoned with.

4. Emergence of Jordan Lyles

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4. Emergence of Jordan Lyles

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The Rockies have endured continuous problems in trying to develop a solid starting rotation in part because of the ballpark they reside in. From Jeff Francis to Ubaldo Jimenez, the Rockies have been snake-bitten when it comes to starting pitching. They may have found a gem in Lyles, though. The 23-year-old owns a 5-0 record with a 2.66 ERA in eight starts for a team that plays home games in one of the most hitter-friendly parks.

3. Solid Defense

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3. Solid Defense

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The Rockies' defense doesn't earn enough praise. As a team, Colorado owns a solid .984 fielding percentage to rank in the top tier of NL teams. They've turned the second-most double plays in the league, preventing opposing teams from sustaining rallies. While pitching is key when turning two, the Rockies have exhibited stellar middle infield defense on such plays. LeMahieu has been a rock on the diamond, posting a .994 fielding percentage.

2. Veteran Leadership

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2. Veteran Leadership

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The Rockies' bullpen hasn't been nails in 2014, but Hawkins has been tough to beat. The 41-year-old veteran has registered 10 saves in 16 appearances this season. While he's certainly nowhere close to being one of the most dominant closers in the game, Hawkins is reliable. The Rockies need as much reliability at the back end of the bullpen as they can get. Hawkins helps provide that. He owns a 3.14 ERA in 14.1 innings pitched this season.

1. Tulo

Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies
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1. Tulo

Troy Tulowitzki Colorado Rockies
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Tulowitzki is the hands-down best shortstop in the game when fully healthy. At 29 years old, Tulo is having the best season of his big league career. He leads the league is practically every offensive statistical category, including runs scored (38), HRs (11), BA (.389) and SLG (.497). The Rockies have a terrific chance to win a ton of games in 2014 if Tulowitzki is able to sustain his current rate of production.