First in the division, and well deserved as the first number one of the 2017 season in our NL West Power rankings. The Colorado Rockies have been doing a little bit of everything well. While a couple of their stud pitchers are on the DL, the others have stepped up and done an OK job. They also have a top ten offense right now.
The big thing for them, that is far beyond anything that they’ve had in Colorado, has been the bullpen. The Rockies bullpen, despite a not so great ERA, is 7-1 with 12 saves, the most in baseball. The Rockies have never really had that type of unit behind their offense. When their pitching rotation gets healthy, they might be causing some serious problems.
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One of the big things about this Rockies team is always the offense, and they have been pretty darn good to start the season. They are within the top ten in Runs Scored in the MLB, and they haven’t even played a game with Ian Desmond in their lineup yet. That’s kinda scary.
They are likely the only team with the ability to rival the power and run production of the Nationals in 2017. But the question always remains, is all of this a product of Coors Field? It’s a question asked when looking at them every year. In looking at a few factors here, you can tell this team is different. While only 7-6 at home, they are 9-4 on the road, the second best road record in baseball (behind the Nationals).
We’ll see how long these rankings play out. We’ll revisit these at various points throughout the year. The biggest thing to keep in mind is the fact that we are only 16% of the way through the season, and quite a lot can change.