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Three Things the Colorado Rockies Need to Compete in 2015

January 26th, 2015 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

The Colorado Rockies are an interesting team to watch this coming season. If they win 66 games again, everybody says they're not surprised. But they'll say the same exact thing if they get to .500. And if they're in the thick of the playoff races come September, everyone will say, "Well, they certainly have the talent on the roster to be playing this well." They certainly do have talent, but that never seems to be enough. It can be, though, if they have these three things this season:

Pitching

This is obvious and true for every single team in baseball. It rings especially true for the Rockies, however, as they always seem to have enough offense to win games, if only the pitching could keep up. The Rox were owners of the worst ERA and most home runs allowed in MLB last year. If they can be simply average in the pitching statistics, the team may just be in with a shout at October. With the bats they have up and down the lineup, they don't need a Washington Nationals or Seattle Mariners type pitching staff. If they can post an ERA of about a low four, they should be golden.

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Troy Tulowitzki is Poised for a Big Season

January 25th, 2015 at 2:19 PM
By Joe Lemere

Good news, Colorado Rockies fans! Troy Tulowitzki is getting ever closer to a return to the diamond after undergoing hip surgery last year. Despite constant rumors that Tulo will be shipped out of town as part of a Rockies rebuild, no trade was close and he'll remain in Denver for at least the first half of 2015 and, if a bet had to be made, all season. Can Tulowitzki put all the injuries and the trade rumors behind him and have a MVP caliber season? Yes, yes and yes.

Tulo has always been a true professional, so the trade speculation shouldn't bother him much. Every player of a certain caliber on a losing team will hear his name mentioned in those rumors come July or the offseason, when transactions of this sort happen. No trade will happen, as I'm sure Troy is aware of, so it shouldn't really bother him enough to effect his play on the field.

The injuries will be a much tougher hurdle to clear. He was limited to just 91 games last season with the hip injury, and we all know how injuries have cost him hundreds of games throughout his career. Staying healthy has to be the main objective for Tulo in 2015, as the Rockies can't get close to .500 without him on the diamond.

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Potential Impact Prospects for the Colorado Rockies

January 24th, 2015 at 2:33 PM
By Joe Lemere

The Colorado Rockies have done a lot of losing over the last four seasons. Not good for the fans, but it may end up being good in the long run. Losing nets you high draft picks, and those draft picks turn into highly rated prospects who then turn into (hopefully) productive Major League players. The Rockies have a top-10 farm system in MLB, and some of the prospects that constitute the highly touted status of said farm system should be ready to make their big league debuts in 2015. Many will come and go like every season, but some could end up making an impact for the Rockies.

The first name on the list is actually a bit of a cheat. Eddie Butler probably doesn't qualify as a prospect anymore, making three starts last season and being all but guaranteed a roster spot when the regular season starts. Even so, he'll only be 24 when the season starts and will be entering his first full season in the bigs, so he's getting counted. If he shows the stuff that got him to the majors in two-and-a-half years, he'll be a solid contributor in purple and black.

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Wilin Rosario Will not Be Traded

January 22nd, 2015 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

In a completely and utterly shocking decision, the Colorado Rockies have decided to do nothing with catcher Wilin Rosario. That's right, in an offseason of doing nothing, the team keeps right on doing nothing. At least they're consistent, right? Plenty of trade speculation has surrounded the big Venezuelan even before the Rox signed catcher Nick Hundley to a two year deal, but the team is seemingly unwilling to part with him. There was some interest, but the Rockies decided to play it extremely close to the vest and keep him around.

Instead of trading the less-than-dependable backstop and getting back some much needed pitching help, the Rockies value his bat too much to move. They'll give Wilin some run at first base as well as right field, because, you know, the Rox don't have enough offensive production from either of those positions.

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Carlos Gonzalez is on the Mend

January 21st, 2015 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

One of the biggest problems with last season's version of the Colorado Rockies was their health. Player after player succumbed to the injury bug in 2014, resulting in the team limping to a 66-96 record. A blow has been struck in the name of health, though, as star slugger Carlos Gonzalez is on the mend once again.

CarGo only managed to play in 70 games last season, his worst mark since becoming a regular starter in 2010. He hit only .238 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI, a far cry from his All-Star numbers of the two previous seasons. An attempted move to right field didn't pan out, either, although he should be making the move permanent in 2015. His canon of a left arm profiles as a right fielder, and most ballparks demand an athletic number nine, something CarGo excels at when he's healthy.

But after the struggles and injuries of last year, Gonzalez appears to be back in the saddle. Wilmer Reina reported last night that Carlos Gonzalez took swings today at Coors Field. In attendance to watch the performance was manager Walt Weiss, general manager Jeff Bridich and head trainer Keith Dugger. Now, CarGo will head to Vail to meet with Dr. Thomas Hackett, who performed the surgery on his knee. If all goes well, Gonzalez can return to full baseball activities, if not at 100 percent.

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