This week the Rockies took a nice step towards solidifying themselves as the team to beat in the west by adding Melvin Mora. From the sounds of it Mora will compete at both second and third base. If nothing else this gives the Rockies even more depth to their infield and will allow Seth Smith to focus completely on the outfield. I think the real benefit of Mora is that he will add a solid right haded bat to the line-up that struggled last season against left handed pitching. It would seem the most likely place for Mora to win a starting spot would be second but either way we just got better. It never hurts to add a career .278 hitter, that is more than capable in the field and has base stealing ablility he should fit in nicely whatever his role ends up being.
Its never too early to start talking about the Rockies. With offseason signings heating up and spring training right aroung the corner I felt now was as good a time as any to write my first blog of the year. This may be the most exciting and promissing offseason in Rockies history. Rockies should be stronger with their starting pitching with Francis coming back, all reports have him at full strength, Ubaldo turning into a ligitamate ace going 9-3 3.08 era after the all-star break last year. If De La Rosa and Hammel can come close to replicating what they did in the second half last year the Rockies might have the best rotation in the west and maybe even the National League.
The bullpen should be strong as well with Betancourt re-signed, a healthy Street, and our young guns of Daley and Corpus, not to mention the hopefully return to full strength of Buckholtz who was one of the best middle relievers in the Natioal League in 2008.
Offense should be strong but definately the most room for improvement of any area on the team. Hitting against left handed pitching being the biggest weekness on the offense, hitting only .253 last season, and became glairing in the playoffs. The maturation of young hitters such as Fowler, Gonzalas and Stewart being more consistant contributers and cutting down on strikeouts will help greatly. If all can raise their average 10 to 15 points and cut 10- 15 strikeouts each should make a huge difference when it comes to the overall success of the Rockies offense this season.
The depth of the line up should be a huge asset this year. With guys like Giambi, Spilli, Smith, EY Jr., and either Iannetta or Olivo (.249 23HR 65RBI w/ Royals in 09) are all solid off the bench on offense and defense.
As of right now the Rockies look like the favorite to win the West and are ligitamate contenders to win the NL of course with the Phillies, Cards, Dodgers and Braves in the conversation as well. Nevertheless the Rockies are posistioned better now than any other time in their history to make a run at a World Series title!
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Christmas, first day of March Madness, and Opening Day my three favorite days of the year! I have been putting this off but I am going to go ahead and try to predict the finishing positions of every team in every division this year. So here it goes.
The first week of spring training is in the bag and the Rockies are still winless. Some might say that it shows that the Rockies are not going to be very good this year. Optimists would say that early spring training doesn’t mean much. I think we need to look deeper and see why the Rockies are not winning.
Two spring training games down and I am finding the itch to talk about the lineup already. This is what I believe should be the opening day roster:
Well the first games of spring training are under way, and I must say I am more psyched than ever. The Rocks started off a little slow but the game results don’t really mean much in spring training especially not now. The good things from yesterday were that Cook looked good on the mound, Tulo, Atkins, and Hawpe all had some success at the plate. The bad thing would be that Ubaldo did not look very strong but its early in spring I think he will get it together and have a breakout year.