The Rockies, predicted by many to win the NL West in 2011, struggled out of the gate and fell to an almost empathetic 73-89 record.
Now, standing on the doorstep of the 2012 season, and seemingly staring at a roster filled with promise, the Rockies are again expected to fulfill huge expectations, as predictions pile up for recovery from a disappointing 2011 and win the NL West this year.
Although the Rockies have definitely managed to field a competitive team on paper, several things have to fall into place in order for them to hit their late 2007 dream season stride (has it been that long?)
The indefinite commitment to Jim Tracy settles things at the managerial level, but performance needs to reflect the monetary endorsement Tracy has received. A continuous regression back to 2011 form will put the Rockies in a difficult situation after a strong backing of the Cargo, Tulo, Tracy trio.
Five factors will need to work to expectations in order for the Rockies to reach the playoffs and hopefully, beyond.