There’s no real way around the fact that the 2013 Colorado Rockies’ season was a disappointment. In Walt Weiss’ first season as manager, the team went just 74-88 and finished last in the NL West.
It didn’t have to be that way, though. The Rockies were in first place as late as May 25 and actually spent much of April at the top of the division. However, their season essentially ended when the Dodgers’ June hot streak coincided with a one-month injury absence for their star shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki (via Baseball Prospectus).
The downhill run continued throughout the season: The only month during which they had a winning record was April, which has to be considered unacceptable for a team trying to compete.
With Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, the Rockies have two of baseball’s 40 most valuable players (according to FanGraphs’ WAR) over the past three years. Unfortunately, though, the two cannot stay on the field. Tulowitzki has played over 130 games just once in the last four years while Gonzalez has done it once in the last three.
Their 2014 season, then, is dependent on those two staying healthy.
All spring statistics accurate as of March 26, 2014.