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The story for the Colorado Rockies any season starts with Coors Field. No other team in the Majors has such a significant ballpark factor as do the Rockies.

As usual, Colorado led the NL in runs scored last year, plating 824, but the team scored the fourth fewest of any NL team on the road. Essentially, this team is a different club at home compared to on the road, but in 2017, they managed winning records in both environments.

What helped the Rockies find success last year was a strong, young rotation. While the pitching faltered a bit down the stretch, the arms did well enough to carry the team to their first postseason in nearly a decade. Now, can this team make back to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in franchise history?

Colorado Rockies MLB Betting

2017 Record: 87-75

2017 Moneyline Record: +12.44 Units

2017 Over/Under Total Record: 81-73-8

Current World Series Odds: +3757

Current Odds To Win NL: +1791

Current Odds To Win NL West: +610

Regular Season Win Total: 82.5

2018 Colorado Rockies Season Outlook

Offense is king in Colorado. The Rockies scored the most runs in the NL and had the second-best OPS, just behind Washington, at .781. Despite that, Colorado had just three everyday players—four if you count Jonathan Lucroy after the trade—with an OPS+ north of 95. In fact, they only had four players total, regardless of number of at bats, reach that figure.

That right there just goes to show how much the team’s offensive stats were driven by ballpark factor.

In the end, only three players had at least 150 at bats and an above average offensive season based on OPS+. Of course, two of those players had huge seasons: Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon.

Clearly one of the league’s better players, Arenado offered excellent defense and a .309/.373/.586 slash line, delivering 7.2 WAR. That was good enough to find himself in MVP consideration alongside Blackmon.

The talented centerfielder outperformed his more famous teammate on the year. He batted .331 with a .399 OBP and .601 slugging percentage. He also delivered 37 home runs and 104 RBIs out of the leadoff spot while scoring 137 runs and stealing 14 bases.

Between Blackmon and Arenado, the team has one of the best one-two punches in the game, but even while outscoring the rest of the NL, the team needs a bit more consistent production in 2018—particularly on the road.

Mark Reynolds was the only other player with a triple-digit OPS+ and he’s now gone, leaving others to step up.

The team brought back Carlos Gonzalez off a bad season, hoping that the success he found in the last month will bring him back closer to the All-Star player he’s been for years for the Rockies. Cargo could be that next guy after Arenado and Blackmon if what he found at the end of last year is sustainable.

If so, that moves Ian Desmond to first base a bit more, sending Ryan McMahon to the bench.

Look for a bit of a regression from Blackmon, much of the same from Arenado and improvements from Desmond, CarGo and others to drive an overall improved offense.

On the mound, the Rockies got some big performances from Kyle Freeland, Antonio Senzatela and German Marquez in the first half before they faded a bit down the stretch. Jonathan Gray came back from injury to pitch well.

The 2018 rotation will likely include Gray, Marquez, Freeland, Tyler Anderson and Chad Bettis, giving the Rockies some needed depth at the position. Anderson and Bettis are young veterans used to pitching in Colorado. Neither had strong ERAs in limited action last year, but looking at the ERA+ of each, they were both at or above league average arms.

The numbers won’t look that good at the end of the year, but considering the ballpark, the Rockies have an above-average set of arms starting games for them. And they feed into a bulked-up bullpen.

Following the model set by the NL pennant winning 2007 team, the 2018 Rockies focused on improving the bullpen. They brought in Wade Davis and Bryan Shaw while resigning Jake McGee. That’s a strong back end of the pen. Adam Ottavino and Mike Dunn add to the strong options.

The Rockies now need just six solid from the rotation and can look for three from the bullpen night-in and night-out.

Overall, the Rockies should compete for the NL West or a Wild Card again this year. A lot will depend on how well the young arms hold up and if the bullpen can live up to lofty expectations. If so, look for a bit more balanced offense. There’s nothing that sets Colorado apart from the D-Backs or Dodgers, but the Rockies shouldn’t be heavily outmanned by either team.

Major League Baseball Teams

AMERICAN LEAGUE
EAST TEAM CITY STADIUM
Baltimore Orioles Baltimore, Maryland Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Boston Red Sox Boston, Massachusetts Fenway Park
New York Yankees New York City, New York Yankee Stadium
Tampa Bay Rays St. Petersburg, Florida Tropicana Field
Toronto Blue Jays Toronto, Ontario Rogers Centre
CENTRAL Chicago White Sox Chicago, Illinois Guaranteed Rate Field
Cleveland Indians Cleveland, Ohio Progressive Field
Detroit Tigers Detroit, Michigan Comerica Park
Kansas City Royals Kansas City, Missouri Kauffman Stadium
Minnesota Twins Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Field
WEST Houston Astros Houston, Texas Minute Maid Park
Los Angeles Angels Anaheim, California Angel Stadium
Oakland Athletics Oakland, California Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum
Seattle Mariners Seattle, Washington Safeco Field
Texas Rangers Arlington, Texas Globe Life Park in Arlington
NATIONAL LEAGUE
EAST Atlanta Braves Atlanta, Georgia SunTrust Park
Miami Marlins Miami, Florida Marlins Park
New York Mets New York City, New York Citi Field
Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Citizens Bank Park
Washington Nationals Washington, D.C. Nationals Park
CENTRAL Chicago Cubs Chicago, Illinois Wrigley Field
Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati, Ohio Great American Ball Park
Milwaukee Brewers Milwaukee, Wisconsin Miller Park
Pittsburgh Pirates Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania PNC Park
St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis, Missouri Busch Stadium
WEST Arizona Diamondbacks Phoenix, Arizona Chase Field
Colorado Rockies Denver, Colorado Coors Field
Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles, California Dodger Stadium
San Diego Padres San Diego, California Petco Park
San Francisco Giants San Francisco, California AT&T Park

Colorado Rockies Upcoming Schedule

March 29-31: at Arizona Diamondbacks

April 2-5: at San Diego Padres

April 6-8: vs Atlanta Braves

April 9-11: vs San Diego Padres

April 12-15: at Washington Nationals

April 16-18: at Pittsburgh Pirates

April 20-22: vs Chicago Cubs

April 23-25: vs San Diego Padres

April 27-29: at Miami Marlins

April 30-May 3: at Chicago Cubs

It was a strong April, that helped carry the Rockies to the postseason a year ago, making it even more important for them to get off to another hot start in 2018. Last year, the were 16-10 in April, their best month of the season. As their pitching faltered down the stretch, they closed the year 35-36 in the second half.

So, this April, they have a rather favorable schedule, particularly considering they play in a stacked NL West division with a few other contenders.

While the Rockies do play the Diamondbacks, Nationals and Cubs in April, they don’t have to worry about the Dodgers.

Arizona might be the biggest challenge. They face the D-Backs on Opening Day after their Wild Card loss in 2017. They were 8-12 against them last year counting that Wild Card game, but held their own against the Nats and topped the Cubs in five of seven meetings.

As for the rest of the schedule, the Rockies have the Padres three times and the Braves, Marlins and Pirates all once a piece. All four of those teams are expected to have another losing season in 2018.

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