756 2011 NL West Preview : 2nd Day – Rockies

Posted on February 24, 2011 by


Colorado Rockies 2011 Season Outlook:

Probable Starting Rotation:
1.U. Jimenez
2. J. De La Rosa
3. A. Cook
4.J. Chacin
5. J. Hammel
5/6. F. Paulino
Probable Lineup:
1. Dexter Fowler
2. Ian Stewart
3. Carlos Gonzalez
4. Troy Tulowitzki
5. Todd Helton
6. Eric Young
7. Seth Smith
8. Chris Iannetta

H. Street (closer)
M. Belisle
R. Betancourt
M. Lindstrom
M. Reynolds
S. Deduno
F. Morales
M. Daley
E. Escolana
Quality Utility Players:
Ty Wiggington *
Jose Lopez

Season Outlook Grades
Starting Rotation: B-
Bullpen: B
Lineup: A
Overall: B+
Last year the Rockies took a big step towards securing a playoff spot. This is do mostly to the emergence of rising stars Ubaldo Jimenez, Jorge De La Rosa, and Carlos Gonzalez. Unfortunately, a starting staff cannot prevail with only two quality pitchers, especially in Colorado where the air is thin enough for my grandma to leave the park.
What they’ve done:
“ The Rockies signed Ty Wigginton to a two-year deal for $8 million to bounce around the infield and help absorb the loss of Mora. He’ll also spell Todd Helton at first base. The Rockies added to their pitching staff with the acquisition of Felipe Paulino from the Astros for infielder Clint Barmes. Paulino will be a candidate for the rotation or could pitch in long relief. The Rockies acquired infielder Jose Lopez in a trade with the Mariners. He can play second base but is considered to be a much better defender at third.
Left to do:
Acquiring relief help and finding another catcher remain atop the Rockies’ wish list for the offseason. The Rockies don’t want to be caught short-handed as they were in 2010, when closer Huston Street missed the first 69 games of the season because of injury. The team will need to find a backup catcher to spell Chris Iannetta.
Perhaps the biggest accomplishment of the offseason for the Rockies was taking care of their own, as Colorado re-signed De La Rosa to a three-year deal worth $32 million. They also signed Tulowitzki to a six-year, $119 million contract extension. The team parted ways with lefty Jeff Francis, though there’s decent depth among rotation candidates.”

-don, DZ

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