Colorado Rockies 2012 Offseason Recap and Preview

Last year was not a good one for the health of the Rockies:

 

Grade: C

 

Notable Additions:

Michale Cuddyer, Casey Blake, Tyler Chatwood, Tyler Colvin, Jeremy Guthrie, D.J. Le Mahieu, Guillermo Moscoso, Josh Outman, Zach Putnam, and Marco Scutaro.

 

Notable Subtractions:

Kevin Slowey, Mark Ellis, Jason Hammel, Chris Ianetta, Matt Lindstrom, Kevin Millwood, Clayton Mortensen, J.C. Romero, Seth Smith, Ian Stewart, Huston Street, and Ty Wigginton.

 

Why?: The Rockies were one of those teams that quitely made a lot of additions that really benefitted the team. None of the trades were dealbreakers in themselves, but together they added a lot to the team of last year. So why did I give them a “C”? Well, even though they added a whole lot, they lost just as much.

 

Actually, they added and lost a lot just by looking at the lists. I’m probably mistaken, but I think this entry may contain the first “three liners” in both categories. As in, both the notable additions and subtractions take up three lines of the page.

 

As for the 2012 season, it’s tough to say how it will go for them. First of all, they were bad last season, only winning 73 games. However, that is understandable with the teams they were fielding on a nightly basis. I alluded to this in the opening paragraph, but let me give you some numbers to allow you to get a better idea of how much they were missed. Their huge re-signing in Jorge De La Rosa only started 10 games, their MVP candidate of a year prior, Carlos Gonzalez, played only 127 games. Since Ubaldo Jimenez was never really the Ace of the rotation last season, it was Jorge De La Rosa that probably would have taken that role had he not been injured. So the Rockies were without their biggest contributors on both sides of the ball injured for a big chunk of the year.

 

Predicted Record Range: 73-78 wins

 

Next Up:  San Francisco Giants (Last Team!!!!!!)

6 Comments

Well Baseball is great in this aspect, more so than any of the other major sports in being unpredictable. In most other sports you can pick the teams that will be in the playoffs and be very accurate even with very little knowledge of the sport. That’s why I wouldn’t want to do these same types of entries for any other sport, it’d just be too easy. With Baseball, I can do tons of research and still be way off the mark.

Very true. I could still them doing okay or bad this year.
-Quinn from nybisons
http://www.nybisons.mlblogs.com

TEENREDSFAN- Well, it certainly is easier to do so in that division than most others in Baseball. So yeah, they probably will. Then again, “decent” is such a subjective term. Decent for the Yankees is waaay better than decent for the Pirates, for example.
QUINN- I think it’s tough to pin a season on Tulo when he did well last season and they still stunk. He certainly is a *piece* of the equation, and a big one at that, but I also think they could do well even with Tulo out, because they had key players injured last year.
JEFF- Oh yeah, they’re a team full of talent. This past year’s team was as good as, if not a smidge better than, the team the previous year that won 83 games. It’s just they lost 10 more games to injury and the under-production of Ubaldo Jimenez.

I think the Rockies are an above .500 team if healthy. That’s the key though. Tulo is key.
–Jeff

I think the Rockies will do okay if Tulo has a great season.
-Quinn from nybisons
http://www.nybisons.mlblogs.com

I think the Rockies could have a decent season in the NL West.

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