Colorado Rockies Last Season Performance
The Colorado Rockies failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth straight year and finished with the seventh-worst record in MLB last season. The Rockies finished dead last in the NL West “race” and trailed the Los Angeles Dodgers by an absurd 43 games when the season ended.
Last tear was the Rockies’ 10 losing season in their last 12, and the front office has done nothing to indicate they are committed to getting better. This team is in the dumps; they know it, and nobody but the fans and players seems to care.
The Rockies have a lot of holes to fill but remain quiet during the offseason. While most owners would be in full-spend mode during a rebuild, Dick Monfort chose to roll with the same team that generally failed him in 2022.
There are no critical additions per se, but a few new names could contribute, including Pierce Johnson, Jose Urena, and Connor Seabold.
While the Rockies didn’t gain anything this offseason, they didn’t lose much. Carlos Estevez, Sam Hilliard, and Connor Joe were among the only players worth mentioning that moved on during the offseason.
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Manager: Bud Black
Despite languishing through a fourth straight losing season, the Rockies aren’t in a hurry to move on from manager Bud Black. The team signed him to a one-year extension in February that runs through the 2024 season, which would be his eighth in Colorado. However, with a 417-453 record in that span, one has to wonder how much time Black has left before the Rockies see fit to replace him for a coach that actually wins.
The Rockies’ most significant strength is the potential for some of their young players to excel: that and Kris Bryant. Bryant is an obvious difference-maker, but he needs someone else at his level to provide help.
Brendan Rodgers and Ryan McMahon have shown promise as prospects. And, if they stay healthy, they could provide some exciting moments in Colorado, especially at Coors Field. But no matter what happens, the Rockies will finish the season in fifth place.
Where to begin? Their pitching lacks the strikeout rate to effectively pitch at Coors Field (looking at you, Kyle Freeland and German Marquez). Despite playing half their games in the thin Denver air, the Rockies are expected to be a terrible offense that projects to win the fewest games in the MLB.
I’d say the expectation to finish with the worst record in baseball sums up this team in a nutshell. Even teams deep in rebuilds look down at the Rockies and laugh at how ill-prepared they are to field a competent team in 2023.
- Ezequiel Tovar NL Rookie of the Year +750
- Kris Bryant NL MVP +12500
Predictions for the 2023 Season
The front office in Colorado did little to get better for the 2023 season, and we shouldn’t expect anything but a fifth-place finish from the Rockies. The people who own the team don’t care if they win, which is never a good sign.Unless you’re in the movie Major League, being ignored by your front office rarely works out. If things get really bad, expect the Rockies to abandon ship and sell off the talent they do have before the trade deadline.