2015 team preview: The Colorado Rockies are exactly the same as last year – Bless You Boys (blog)
The Rockies have been relying on the same roster for several years with little to show for their efforts. Will 2015 be any different?
If you thought the Arizona Diamondbacks had problems in yesterday’s team preview, then you are probably going to feel really bad for the Colorado Rockies. The Diamondbacks finished 2015 with 64-98 record, but were plagued by several key injuries along the way. The Rockies also suffered injuries to their stars en route to a fourth place finish, but their problems run deeper than the fluke instances that doomed the D-Backs (Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock missed a combined 130 games due to broken hands resulting from hit-by-pitches). Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez played in a combined 161 games in 2014. This is the second time in the last three years that the duo has failed to play in at least 200 games. Gonzalez has topped the 600 plate appearance plateau just once in his career, while Tulowitzki is averaging just 106 games played over the past five seasons.
In non-injury-related off-field issues, owner Dick Monfort got himself into hot water when he started replying to fan emails last July. As you can imagine, it did not go well. Monfort said a lot of dumb things during the season, and co-general managers Bill Geivett and Dan O’Dowd resigned shortly after the year ended. New general manager Jeff Bridich has been with the organization for 10 years, leading many to wonder if things are truly going to change in Denver. The team’s quiet offseason did not help assuage those fears.
Manager: Walt Weiss (3rd season)2014 record: 66-96SB Nation blog: Purple Row
Troy Tulowitzki has always been one of the best shortstops in baseball, but he has never been healthy enough to track down an MVP award. He had his first one all but locked up through the first three months of the 2014 season, when he hit .353/.445/.618 with 18 home runs and 47 RBI. However, a torn hip labrum ended his season 19 days later, and he once again missed out on the hardware. Despite only playing in 91 games, Tulo was worth 5.1 WAR, second only to Jhonny Peralta among all MLB shortstops. Double play partner D.J. LeMahieu was at the other end of the spectrum with just 0.8 WAR, all from his Gold Glove-winning defense. He hit .267/.315/.348 with just 25 extra base hits last year.
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