5 Biggest Surprises For Colorado Rockies Through First Half of Season

5 Biggest Surprises For Colorado Rockies Through First Half of Season

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The Colorado Rockies have seemingly been on a roller coaster ride thus far in the 2014 MLB season. After a fast start, the club's record has plummeted to 14 games under .500 at 39-53. Here is a look at their five biggest surprises through the first half of the season.

5. Drew Stubbs Has Been Solid

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5. Drew Stubbs Has Been Solid

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Outfielder Drew Stubbs has given the Rockies more than they expected when they acquired him this offseason from the Cleveland Indians. Stubbs has only a .244 career average, but in 2014 is hitting .294 with nine HRs, 25 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 239 plate appearances, and has filled in admirably in a Colorado outfield that has seen its share of injuries.

4. Jhoulys Chacin Has Been Ineffective and Injured

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4. Jhoulys Chacin Has Been Ineffective and Injured

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Coming off a bounce-back season in 2013 where he went 14-10, the Rockies had reason to believe SP Jhoulys Chacin would be a mainstay at the top of their rotation this season. Unfortunately, the exact opposite has happened, as Chacin started the season on the DL, went 1-7 in 11 starts after returning, and is likely out for the year with a lingering shoulder injury.

3. Michael Cuddyer Has Spent Significant Time On Disabled List

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3. Michael Cuddyer Has Spent Significant Time On Disabled List

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Outfielder Michael Cuddyer very quietly won a NL batting title in 2013 and settled in nicely as a veteran presence in the Rockies' clubhouse, but 2014 has not treated him nearly as kindly. He has produced when in the lineup (.317 -- five HRs -- 16 RBIs), but he has only been on the field in 31 games. A current stint on the disabled list might be the only thing keeping Cuddyer from getting traded by the deadline.

2. Charlie Blackmon Is Having A Breakout Season

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2. Charlie Blackmon Is Having A Breakout Season

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At 28 years old, outfielder Charlie Blackmon is finally having a breakout season for the Rockies. Blackmon is hitting .294 with 14 HRs, 50 RBIs and 16 stolen bases, and has been voted into his first MLB All-Star Game by the players. Blackmon has been one of the few pleasant surprises Colorado has experienced through the first half of the season.

1. The Club Might Actually Be Willing To Trade Troy Tulowitzki

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1. The Club Might Actually Be Willing To Trade Troy Tulowitzki

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Despite conflicting reports, the prevailing thought in the MLB is that the Rockies might finally be willing to trade their star shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki. The Rockies are essentially an entire starting rotation away from being perennial contenders in a tough NL West, and there is no question Tulo would bring back a king's ransom in return if included in any trade out of Colorado.

Timothy Downs is a fantasy sports writer for RantSports.com. You can add him on Google or follow on Twitter @Tidow1212.

 

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