San Francisco Giants NL West Preview: Colorado Rockies
By Daniel Sperry
As the San Francisco Giants will start the season off against NL West foes starting Thursday, we thought it would be good to get to know their NL West Opponents. Next up, is the Colorado Rockies.
The Colorado Rockies had a good 2017. Their starting staff was surprisingly good, which helped lead them to an 87-75 record. They had a good bullpen, which is a key thing for a team that plays in a ballpark that is notorious for surrendering runs. Greg Holland shored up the back of that staff, Jake McGee as a stalwart in the later innings. To back it up, they had a few guys who filled in excellently as long relief.
They also had a shot in the arm thanks to seasons at the plate by the normal guys, Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon. They had five players with over 70 RBI, including Arenado who brought in 130. Mark Reynolds filled in admirably, and surprisingly, as they had lost Ian Desmond for a good portion of the season. A high-powered offense behind slightly above average rotation helped lead the Rockies to their first playoff appearance since 2009.
With the second wild-card spot locked up for them, they headed to Arizona for their one-game playoff. They got rocked in the first three innings, but made their way back to within a run. But then Archie Bradley‘s triple in the seventh inning put them behind for good as they lost 11-8.
Now the Rockies are looking to build on a successful 2017 with a still relatively young roster. The question is whether or not that pitching staff can replicate their 2017 season? Let’s take a look at what they did with the roster this offseason.