With one of the Nix brothers already having some MLB playing time, it’s about time that Laynce Nix is joined in the majors by his brother (and long time Colorado Spring Skysox) Jayson Nix. Jayson will make his MLB debut with the defending National League Colorado Rockies this year. The question is: will the Rockies repeat last year’s Cinderella run to the World Series, only to get buzz sawed by the redsox?
The past few years the national league west has been the weakest division in ALL of MLB. I’ve called it the “does anyone want it?” division. This year I feel two teams will be seeking to win take the division crown, and two teams have are a favourite to be first.
Arizona is the obvious, money in the bank, choice, they are a strong team that was lead by CY young winning Brandon Webb. The post 2001 world series champion train wreck seasons helped the d-backs load up on decent prospects, in which they used to trade with Billy beane’s “moneyball” Oakland A’s for Dan Haren giving the d-backs a very lethal 30-40 games won between the two aces. Thus the d-backs are a sure bet to repeat as NL west champs.
Who will give Arizona a run for their money? Not the Rockies, but the Jake Peavy led Padres will. Can’t go wrong with closer Trevor Hoffman either. I can’t help but joke, but if Mark Prior is healthy then the Padres will run away with the west. With a peavy, Maddux, prior starting rotation, and depth pitches such Randy Wolf anchoring the starting staff it has the potential to be lethal lethal, at least for video gaming purposes. And yes, Matt Holliday still hasn’t touched home plate for Padre fans either.
As for the Dodgers, they have a few more years in rebuilding mode, once they rid themselves of Andruw Jones, oddly enough, that’s when I will remove the "rebuilding mode" tag, Nomar is already hurt, and who knows how long before both Penny and Schmidt will be hurt.
As for the Giants..A Bonds-less TRAIN WRECK. Enough Said.
The Rockies rotation is what will break any repeat post season appearance, and let’s face it, an Aaron Cook, Jeff Francis one two punch is good and decent, but it’s no Webb- haren, Peavy-and Peavy's dog one two punch. Ubaldo Jimenez needs to gain more control and perhaps lay off the heat, seriously sometimes when I watch him pitch I fear his arm flying off. Franky Morales also needs to work on his control. Obviously at their young age they are not even close to peaking as starting pitchers. So, unless Jimenez needs tommy john surgery in the next year or two, the Rockies DO have a future. There just not there yet.
Moreover,Brian Funtes should re capture his closing role flag by early June. I love Manny Corpas as a closer, but again, his age and inexperience, should factor in him losing his closer role when the pressures of a full season saving sinks in.
The Rockies defense should be strong but the law of averages should factor in, and it would not shock if they commit a few more errors this year. Kaz Matsui is with the Astros but they should have no problem replacing him in the leadoff hitters role with Willy Taveras leading off, but if he misses substantial time on the DL, then the Rockies will have a harder than ever time producing runs, obviously this was their bread and butter last year, not the blake street bombs of the blake street bombers days. Other than that, the Rockies should have a STRONG 89 win 73 loss season, but enough for the post season? No.
2. Phillies (wild card)