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Predicting the 2017 MLB season from the Colorado Rockies perspective

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April 3, 2017

 

BSN Rockies is fortunate to have a smart, strong and sizable staff that covers the Colorado Rockies daily. We rounded up our staffed and ratcheted up our brain power to give honest and sometimes strange predictions for what kind of club we may be looking at in 2017 as well as how the MLB season should shape out.

Here are the results:

Rockies Wins

  • Drew Creasman: 85
  • Jake Shapiro: 86
  • Andrew Dill: 87
  • Ben Karp: 83
  • Cam Parker: 88
  • Greg Moore: 90
  • Matan Halzel: 86
  • Nick Tremroli: 87
  • Stephen Crociata: 84
  • Sarah Ford: 82
  • Staff Average: 86

Rockies Pitcher of the Year

  • DC: Jon Gray
  • JS: Jon Gray
  • AD: Jon Gray
  • BK: Tyler Anderson
  • CP: Jon Gray
  • GM: Tyler Anderson
  • MH: Jon Gray
  • NT: Jon Gray
  • SC: Tyler Chatwood
  • SF: Jon Gray
  • Staff Consensus: Jon Gray

Rockies Position Player of the Year

  • DC: Nolan Arenado
  • JS: Charlie Blackmon
  • AD: Nolan Arenado
  • BK: Nolan Arenado
  • CP: Nolan Arenado
  • GM: Nolan Arenado
  • MH: Nolan Arenado
  • NT: Nolan Arenado
  • SC: Nolan Arenado
  • SF: Nolan Arenado
  • Staff Consensus: Nolan Arenado

Rockies Reliever of the Year

  • DC: Greg Holland
  • JS: Jake McGee
  • AD: Greg Holland
  • BK: Adam Ottavino
  • CP: Greg Holland
  • GM: Greg Holland
  • MH: Greg Holland
  • NT: Greg Holland
  • SC: Adam Ottavino
  • SF: Greg Holland
  • Staff Consensus: Greg Holland

Rockies Rookie of the Year

  • DC: Kyle Freeland
  • JS: Jeff Hoffman
  • AD: Kyle Freeland
  • BK:  Kyle Freeland (“if an OF is out for an extended period, Raimel Tapia goes off”)
  • CP: Kyle Freeland
  • GM: Kyle Freeland
  • MH: Kyle Freeland
  • NT: Antonio Senzatela
  • SC: Jeff Hoffman
  • SF: Kyle Freeland
  • Staff Consensus: Kyle Freeland

Playoffs – AL

  • DC: Boston, Cleveland, Texas –  Kansas City, Seattle
  • JS: Boston, Cleveland, Houston – Texas, New York
  • AD:  Boston, Cleveland, Texas – New York, Baltimore.
  • BK: Boston, Cleveland Houston – Texas, Baltimore
  • CP: Boston, Cleveland, Texas – Houston, Toronto
  • GM: Boston, Cleveland, Houston – Texas, New York
  • MH: Boston, Cleveland, Texas – Houston, Seattle
  • NT: Boston, Cleveland, Texas – Baltimore, Houston
  • SC: Boston, Cleveland, Houston – Texas, New York
  • SF: Boston, Cleveland, Houston, Seattle, Baltimore
  • Staff Consensus: Boston, Cleveland, Houston – Texas, Baltimore

Playoffs – NL

  • DC: Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles – New York, Colorado
  • JS: Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles – New York, Colorado
  • AD: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles – Washington, Colorado
  • BK: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles – San Francisco, Washington
  • CP: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles – San Francisco, Colorado
  • GM: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles – Colorado, St. Louis
  • MH: Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles – San Francisco, Colorado
  • NT: Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles – New York, Colorado
  • SC: Washington, Chicago, San Francisco – Los Angeles, New York
  • SF: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles – San Francisco, Washington
  • Staff Consensus: Washington/New York, Chicago, Los Angeles – Washington/New York, Colorado

Cy Youngs

MVPs

Extra

Cam Parker: Bud Black wins coach of the year

Ben Karp: Three Rockies pitchers are in the top 100 for cFIP at season’s end

Drew Creasman: One young pitcher will rise, one will fall, one will emerge in the bullpen, and one will rule them all

In conclusion:

We have the Rockies winning 86 games (on average) which might seem a bit high to some, especially considering the dangerous National League West. But the Rockies are more talented than a year ago, have more reinforcements that will and can arrive throughout the summer, and their problem a year ago wasn’t contending with the powerhouses of their division. They held their own there. The issue a year ago, apart from the blown saves issue, was losing to sub .500 teams.

They had the talent to compete. Now they have a considerable amount more. But do will they have enough consistency given the lack of experience? Well, that’s why they play the games. And they start in just a few hours.

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