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2015 Recap: Colorado Rockies

  • Tristan Tippet
The Rockies (Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez), Blue Jays (Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista) and Angels (Albert Pujols, Mike Trout) are three teams with two players to lead the league in total bases Credit: Photo File

Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez are the first teammates to lead the NL in total bases since Todd Helton in 2000 and Larry Walker in 1997 Credit: Photo File

Colorado Rockies (68-94, fifth place in NL West)

The Rockies have lost at least 90 games two years in a row and three out of the last four years. Fortunately, the Rockies and the Angels remain the only franchises without a 100-loss season. The blame isn’t on the pitching staff though. Jorge De La Rosa was solid again and has yet to finish with an ERA over five in eight seasons with the Rockies. Chad Bettis also finished with an ERA below five in 20 starts. Injuries to Corey Dickerson, Justin Morneau, Nick Hundley, Wilin Rosario and the trade of Troy Tulowitzki made the offense the bigger problem. The key to the future is sustained health of the Rockies’ young talent.

Top performers

3B Nolan Arenado: G 157, AB 616, HR 42

RF Carlos Gonzalez: G 153, AB 554, HR 40

SP Jorge De La Rosa: GS 26, IP 149.0, W-L 9-7

SP Chad Bettis: GS 20, IP 115.0, W-L 8-6

CF Charlie Blackmon: G 157, AB 614, HR 17

Biggest need: Infielder

As of now, the Rockies are slated to have a starting infield of Justin Morneau at first base, DJ LeMahieu at second base, Jose Reyes at shortstop and Nolan Arenado at third base. Arenado and LeMahieu are keepers. When healthy, Morneau and Reyes are solid offensive contributors. But they are over 30 and both have troubling injury histories. Reyes’ motivation may keep him from producing the way he normally does.

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