Another season, another loving stare into the postseason. Not since 2009 have the Colorado Rockies tasted the sweet success of the MLB postseason, but this year could finally be the year the Rockies return to the promised land. Under .500 since 2010, last season offered serious hope with 75 wins, the most since 2010.
The Rockies do sit in a difficult division that features the San Francisco Giants and the LA Dodgers who feature Madison Bumgarner and Clayton Kershaw respectively. With no pitcher anywhere near that level, the Rockies will most likely be scrapping for a wildcard spot. However, the Rockies offence is extremely exciting. Up in the Mile High city the ball travels further, but this offence goes big in any stadium. Last night the Rockies opened the year in Milwaukee with a 7-5 win over the Brewers. When you think of the Rockies offence you may think of DJ LeMahieu, Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez and Trevor Story. And you’d be right to, they all possess superb power, and Arenado will certainly command MVP votes. But what makes the Rockies exciting is they scored seven runs, and none of them were batted in by the aforementioned quartet. It is an extremely well balanced offence, where everybody contributes.
Defence wins championships. That is certainly the message in most sports, but kind of sneaks under the radar in regards to the fielding. Great pitching obviously wins championships. But the Rockies possess a great defence. They make few errors, have numerous Golden Glove holders, and make electric plays. Nolan Arenado is the stand out at third base, as is the catcher Tony Wolters, one of the best receivers in baseball. The outfield is equally impressive, particularly Charlie Blackmon at centre field who made a highlight reel catch last night.
Throw into the hat Ian Desmond who is still to return to boost the infield and offence, a very exciting season brews for the Rockies. A division title looks unlikely, but there is a quiet confidence amongst fans and players alike that the postseason is achievable. And it will be quite a ride if they get there.