Troy Tulowitzki led the Rockies in wins above replacement last year, in a season where he played all of 91 games. Carlos Gonzalez played only 70 games. The only Colorado players to make 500 plate appearances were Charlie Blackmon, Justin Morneau and D.J. LeMahieu. The only Rockies pitcher to work even 150 innings was Jorge De La Rosa. Colorado lost 96 games, and there is a little secret about what happened: it wasn’t just because there were a lot of injury problems. Take the case of Tulowitzki: with their best player on the field, the Rockies went 36-55 for a .396 winning percentage. When Tulowitzki did not play, Colorado was 30-41, a .423 winning percentage. The response of the front office was to spend the winter making bold moves such as trading neither Tulowitzki nor Gonzalez, doing nothing to replace departed free agent Michael Cuddyer and, uh, jeez, well, gosh, hey Nick Hundley is the new catcher!
MORE BOLD PREDICTIONS: Nationals | Tigers | Yankees | Dodgers | MarinersSo, what can be expected from the Rockies in 2015? Here are five predictions.1. The Rockies will be badIt wasn’t just the 96 losses last year. Colorado has had four straight losing seasons. Even when everything was going as well as the Rockies could have ever hoped at the start of last season, Colorado spent exactly zero days in sole possession of first place, with one day tied on top of the National League West at 22-14 (which meant the Rockies went 44-82 the rest of the way, which, yikes). If Tulowitzki and Gonzalez stay healthy and stay on the team, the Rockies will not suffer the organization’s first 100-loss season. That’s a big if.2. Fault WaltThe Rockies being terrible cannot totally be laid at the feet of manager Walt Weiss, now entering his third year at the helm. At the same time, the skipper is not blameless. The Rockies had the second-worst stolen base success rate in the majors, at 63.9%. Only the Cubs were worse, and they have a new manager now. At some point, when your runners keep getting thrown out, you have to tell them to stop. This will not be the reason that Weiss is the major leagues’ first manager fired this year – that decision will be about wins and losses. It’s just to say that even if the managerial change is based on failing to meet unreasonable expectations, sometimes right decisions can be made … – Click Here To Visit Article Source