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Last year’s Rockies left fans with plenty to be optimistic about on the batting front, and a wash of mediocrity in pitching, finishing 26th overall in team ERA, and 28th overall in quality starts. They can mash at Coors Field, that’s always been the case, and they brought in Michael Cuddyer, albeit expensively, who should thrive in the thin air. The surprise trade for Marco Scutaro gives them strong hitters in every slot, and he brings heart and consistency to 2B. But good pitching is hard to come by. While Chacin and Moscoso posted sub-4.00 ERAs, they didn’t win very many games, and the rest of the staff was far behind. Can the Rockies muscle their way into the playoffs? They’ve certainly got the brawn, but it’s hard to imagine them pulling it off with their thin pitching.
In: Michael Cuddyer (free agent), Marco Scutaro (trade)
Strength: Bats, lots of them. Dexter Fowler is an exciting sparkplug who will only get better. Grandpa Todd Helton still has that sweet swing (although not necessarily a $23 million per year sweet swing), and Troy Tulowitski is one of baseball’s most productive shortstops. Carlos Gonzalez blossomed and, with newly-acquired Cuddyer, will makes for a formidable outfield.
Weakness: will they have enough pitching? On paper it sure doesn’t look like it.