2012 NL West Preview: Colorado Rockies Look to Get Back to Their Winning Ways

Ryan SternContributor IMarch 2, 2012

Will the Rockies be doing more of this in 2012?
Will the Rockies be doing more of this in 2012?Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Last year's Colorado Rockies won 73 games. They were absolutely abysmal considering that many people pegged them to win the division or wild card. Carlos Gonzalez had a down year hitting .290 with 25 home runs and 20 steals. I am expecting a huge bounce-back year from him. A projected .320 average, 35 home runs and 30-plus stolen bases. 

Michael Cuddyer was signed as a free agent this offseason. I'm projecting him to hit .290 with 30 home runs. Troy Tulowitzki is the best shortstop in baseball by far. Marco Scutaro was acquired via trade from the Red Sox this offseason. He should provide defense at second base.

They added Casey Blake the Codger this offseason. He's a nice guy, but a mere shadow of what he once was. We always hear about how good Dexter Fowler's going to be. He hasn't quite turned the corner yet, but maybe this is the year. Both he and the rest of the outfield play good defense.

The bullpen will be their downfall. Rafael Betancourt will be the closer, a role he's never been successful in. Matt Belisle and Matt Reynolds are two guys with upside in the bullpen.

The starting rotation has plenty of upside as well. Some key names include Jhoulys Chacin, Juan Nicasio, Drew Pomeranz, Alex White, Jorge De La Rosa, Tyler Chatwood and Jeremy Guthrie.

This team has the ability to rake. I believe they will score the most runs in the National League. I predict an 84-win season based on the top offense and inexperienced pitching.

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