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San Francisco Giants 2017 Preview of NL West: Colorado Rockies

Sep 7, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of Coors Field in the second inning of the game between the Colorado Rockies and the San Francisco Giants. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 7, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; A general view of Coors Field in the second inning of the game between the Colorado Rockies and the San Francisco Giants. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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May 10, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; General view of a Colorado Rockies glove and hat during the seventh inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 9-5. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
May 10, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; General view of a Colorado Rockies glove and hat during the seventh inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field. The Dodgers defeated the Rockies 9-5. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

2017 Prediction

PECOTA Projections have the Rockies improving by only one win, and finishing fourth in the NL West this year. While I tend to agree with a few projections from them, this one I don’t.

Ian Desmond at first base is going to be a nice upgrade to Mark Reynolds. He gets on base more, scores more runs, and is a more consistent player overall. Then you add in the maturation of their young core, the Rockies could be a Dark Horse in 2017. I still think they’re a starter away from being a lock as a postseason competitor.

Also, throw in the leadership and developmental aspects to Bud Black, this team could be primed to start breaking out. They were never the Astros, in terms of terrible years of baseball. But they really haven’t had any competitive nature to them since 2009. The Rockies should at least end up at .500 this year. If they don’t something will have to have gone horribly wrong.

Next: Be Patient With Beede

The Rockies are on the upswing, and play in a top heavy division. If they can scrape a couple of the Dodgers and Giants, then beat the teams that they’re supposed too, the Rockies could really push up to 84 or 85 wins and really challenge for a wildcard spot. Our Prediction? 83-79, third in the NL West.

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