2016 MLB Opening Day Countdown: Colorado Rockies Team Preview

By: Jason Mumm

As the 2016 MLB season draws closer, we will preview every single team in the reverse regular season standings order of the 2015 season. Today we will provide analysis on the Atlanta Braves and the Colorado Rockies.

2015 Record: 68-94 | 5th in NL West

2015 Recap: The Rockies posted a forgettable 2015 season by once again flirting with a hundred losses.  A close look inside the Rockies’ numbers reveals a team with a lot of gaps .  The club finished dead last in the MLB in park-adjusted run production (WRC+), and 26th and 25th in park-adjusted ERA and defense.  With the season out of hand early, the Rockies officially started rebuilding at last year’s trade deadline by trading fan-favorite and franchise anchor Troy Tulowitzki to Toronto for pitching prospects and Jose Reyes.

2016 Outlook: GM Jeff Bridich focused his off-season efforts on improving the Rockies’ bullpen.  A number of poor performers were let go to make room for three veteran pitchers with experience working relief innings and, in at least two cases, closing.  The starting rotation should be better than last year with Tyler Chatwood returning from tommy john surgery and hard-throwing prospect Jon Gray likely to get his first full season of major league action.  Added to veteran Jorge De La Rosa, Chad Bettis, and Jordan Lyles, the starting pitching could well outperform fans’ low expectations.  Bridich didn’t do much in the off-season to help the struggling offense though, and the addition of Gerardo Parra (OF) and Mark Reynolds (1B), while notable, are not game-changing bats.

Key Additions: Jason Motte, RP; Chad Qualls, RP; Jake McGee, RP; Gerardo Parra, LF

Key Losses: Corey Dickerson, OF; Jose Reyes, SS*

Projected Starting Lineup:

  1. Charlie Blackmon, CF
  2. DJ LeMahieu, 2B
  3. Nolan Arenado, 3B
  4. Carlos Gonzalez, RF
  5. Gerardo Parra, LF
  6. Ben Paulsen, 1B
  7. Nick Hundley, C
  8. Trevor Story, SS
  9. Pitcher Spot

Projected Pitching Rotation:

1: Jorge De La Rosa
2: Chad Bettis
3: Jordan Lyles
4: Tyler Chatwood
5: Jon Gray
Closer: Jake McGee

*Out indefinitely due to a pending criminal investigation


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