Colorado Rockies’ 5 Most Irreplaceable Players Right Now

Colorado Rockies' 5 Most Irreplaceable Players Right Now

Troy Tulowitzki
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In possession of the most powerful offense in baseball, the Rockies lead the majors in both team batting average (.295) and runs scored (262), and find themselves in second place in the powerful NL West. Here is a list of the five players who make the Rockies tick, who the team would have a difficult time replacing.

5. Nolan Arenado

Nolan Arenado
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5. Nolan Arenado

Nolan Arenado
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Though he just went on the DL with a broken finger, the Rockies will have a hard time trying to replace third baseman Nolan Arenado. In addition to his web-gem-worthy defense, Arenado also swings a powerful bat, with a .305/.333/.489 slash line and 28 RBIs before going on the DL. The Rockies will definitely miss his presence in the lineup and on the field.

4. Juan Nicasio

Juan Nicasio
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4. Juan Nicasio

Juan Nicasio
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Juan Nicasio took a strong spring and has so far turned it into a stellar season. Despite a somewhat rocky April, he is tied for first on the team with five wins, and has a 3.61 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 10 starts. In his most recent outing against the Atlanta Braves, Nicasio gave up no runs and two hits in six innings, and has a 2.10 ERA in the month of May.

3. Jordan Lyles

Jordan Lyles
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3. Jordan Lyles

Jordan Lyles
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One of the younger arms in the Rockies’ rotation, Lyles leads Rockies starters with a 3.45 ERA. He’s 5-1 overall in 10 starts, and has developed into a strong third starter, especially in light of injuries to other members of the rotation. Lyles also boasts a 1.22 WHIP on the season, and has 41 strikeouts in 60 innings pitched.

2. Charlie Blackmon

Charlie Blackmon
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2. Charlie Blackmon

Charlie Blackmon
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Charlie Blackmon took the National League by storm just like an early spring snow shower coating Coors Field. The outfielder didn’t have the strongest of springs, but responded to the opportunity to start every day with a .600 batting average by the sixth game of the season. Blackmon’s hitting hasn’t chilled yet, and he still has a solid slash line of .320/.359/.534 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs.

1. Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki
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1. Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki
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Troy Tulowitzki leads baseball with a .382 batting average, followed by his equally-amazing .485 on-base percentage and .739 slugging percentage. Tulowitzki also has 14 home runs, which ties him for second in baseball, and 36 RBIs. He does all of this while playing daring defense at shortstop. Thanks in part to the efforts of Tulowitzki, the Rockies are competitors in the NL West, and have a chance to do something special this season.

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