Originally posted by whodey
Sorry, I did not mean to turn this thread into a bash the Rockies thread. I have nothing against them and it was nice seeing them in the World Series for the first time. Actually, I was bashing the National League more than anything and that comes from someone whos team plays in the National League.
I think the Rockies have about as good a shot as anyone to win the pennant again this year. Much like the Padres build their roster around their ballpark, and the BoSox build their roster around their ballpark, the Rockies have finally figured out a way to win at Coors Field.
Their record-setting fielding percentage defense will be almost entirely back, and the one place where a change was made is actually an upgrade, with Jayson Nix taking over for Kazuo Matsui.
The offense is about as close to an American League lineup that you can get, only they add the dimension of speed in the lead off spot. Tulo, Holliday, Helton, Atkins and Hawpe are all .300+ hitters, with everyone bar Helton being a 25-30 HR threat. Holliday, Atkins and Hawpe each has over 100 RBIs last year, and Tulo had 99.
Starting pitching is their biggest question. Jeff Francis is the thinking man's ace. He doesn't have overpowering stuff, but is one of the best at setting guys up and knocking them down. Aaron Cook has a lot to prove, especially since they just signed him to a pretty big contract. The 3-5 spots are the scariest though. The young guys at 3 and 5 have 24 major league starts between them, but both have the potential and the ability to absolutely dominate a lineup. Mark Redman at the #4 slot is another thinker, who gets by only because he has great control. Everyone in the rotation except perhaps Morales needs to pitch to contact, and trust the great defense behind them.
The bullpen will actually be a strength for them this year. Taylor Buchholz has emerged as a very strong middle-relief guy, with Matt Herges and Kip Wells joining him for those innings. As the 7th, 8th, and 9th inning come around, Viscaino, Fuentes, and the budding closer Manny Corpas can, and will, shut down teams.
So, I think the Rockies have the best team in the NL West, and perhaps in the NL. If they do make it to the world series, I just hope they don't have a 9 DAY LAYOFF between the NLCS and the Series.
NL West: Rockies
NL Central: Brewers
NL East: Phillies
NL Wildcard: Diamondbacks
AL West: Angels
AL Central: Tigers
AL East: Red Sox
AL Wildcard: Rays
NLDS: Rockies over Brewers, Phillies over Diamondbacks
ALCS: Tigers over Red Sox, Angels over Rays
NLCS: Rockies over Phillies
ALCS: Angels over Rays
World Series: Rockies over Angels
I like the Rays in the AL, and I hate the Yankees, so here's hoping their post season streak ends at 13.