2021 MLB Team Preview: Colorado Rockies
The Colorado Rockies haven’t been that great ever since they were able to make an appearance in the 2007 World Series and last year was no different. While their hitting last season was good, their pitching was their downfall as they finished just 26-34 in the shortened season. It could very well continue to be their main issue until they get that fixed. After trading away Nolan Arenado, very little is expected of this team in 2021 but can they surpass expectations?
What Happened Last Year
The Rockies had jumped out to a very hot 11-3 start to the year but didn’t hold onto that flame for very long, Finishing the year with a 26-34 record. That was good enough for fourth place in the National League West. They did get fantastic production out of Trevor Story, posting up 2.5 WAR in only 259 appearances at the plate but he wasn’t the only positive for this team last season as Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon played very well throughout the year. Arenado’s production coming primarily on the defensive side because this past year happened to be the worst season in his career so far offensively. Safe to say that they are going to need to change a lot in the offseason if they have hopes of being competitive again.
The Rockies were able to make a flurry of moves since the start of the offseason, most notably reinstating outfielder Ian Desmond after he chose to sit out for the entire 2020 year due to COVID-19 concerns. Then they made the questionable decision to trade third baseman Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Austin Gomber, Elehuris Montero, Mateo Gil, Toney Locey and Jake Sommers. While it seems like that was a fantastic haul for the Rockies, many believe that the team only got worse by letting go of Arenado. Arenado was coming off a monster extension and was the face of the franchise, but it appears that didn’t matter to Colorado as they dished him away after one disappointing season.
Colorado got worse overall this past offseason and will more than likely have a hard time competing next season. It also doesn’t help that they face off against the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres the most out of any team in the league. They already face a very tough schedule this year and with the recent loss of talent on their roster they could be looking at a worse finish than what they did in 2020. We could also see Story get traded before the end of the year if this team is truly trying to rebuild once again and want to split with their other star player. Colorado is most likely going to be at the bottom of the division this year and will not be anywhere close to the Dodgers or Padres, with a third-place finish being the ceiling for this team. However, a fifth-place finish is going to their landing spot this upcoming season.
Pick: 5th In National League West