The Colorado Rockies have gone without a winning season for five straight years, and not much is expected in 2016 for the team that has finished last in the National League West in three of the last four years.
General manager Jeff Bridich is entering his second season with the Rockies, and after a 68-win campaign last year, Bridich said there's no point in discussing when Colorado will turn it around Monday, per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post:
What’s the point? Why limit ourselves? So if I were to come out and say something that’s pleasing to the ear of you, or a fan here or a fan there, and I say, ‘We’re not going to win for X.’ So what? What’s the point of doing that?
It’s about people. It’s about process. And it’s about how well can we do that together. If a lot of that or most of that comes together for us this year, wonderful. Why say something where it’s got to happen X number of months and years in the future, where really a lot of good things can happen this year. I just don’t see the point.
The Rockies have made the postseason once since their World Series run in 2007. Not a single player is left from that team after Colorado traded star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays last year.
While Colorado may be in rebuild mode, the Rockies have much to look forward to with All-Stars Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez as the team's centerpieces. Arenado hit a career-high 42 home runs and had 130 RBI while making his first All-Star Game in 2015. The 30-year-old Gonzalez hit a career-high 40 homers for Colorado last year as well.
Despite finishing below .500 last year, the Rockies were fifth in the majors and No. 1 in the National League in runs scored with 737. However, Colorado gave up 844 runs a year ago, the most in the majors, per ESPN.com.
Pitching has been the issue for the Rockies since they traded ace Ubaldo Jimenez in July 2011. Colorado's best pitcher since 2012 has been Jorge De La Rosa, who has a 39-26 record over the last four seasons but has finished with an ERA over 4.00 in each of the last two years.
The Rockies offense has shown it's capable of putting up a lot of runs. Colorado can have a solid 2016 season and back up its general manager's words if the starting rotation can consistently perform at a high level.