Colorado Rockies 2013 Season Preview:
Manager: Walt Weiss (1st Season)
2012 Record: 64-98 (Last in NL West)
Key Additions: C Yorvit Torrealba, 1B/3B Ryan Wheeler, 1B Ryan Garko, RP Manny Corpas
Key Losses: RP Manny Corpas, SP Jonathan Sanchez, 1B Jason Giambi
2013 Outlook: The Colorado Rockies offseason was just as unspectacular as their 2012 record. While division rivals made moves to get even better, The Rockies put it in neutral and already look to be waiving a white flag in 2013.
First year Manager Walt Weiss has a huge mountain to climb if his team has any chances at the post season. The San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks, and San Diego Padres should all be quality teams in 2013. Weiss and The Rockies will have to depend on SS Troy Tulowitzki and long time Rockies 1B Todd Helton to bring a ton of offesive production to the table in for any success on of the best divisions in baseball.
The Colorado Rockies will also have to depend on CL Rafael Betancourt and the bullpen in 2013. Betancourt is coming off of a solid 2012 season(31 saves/2.81 ERA/8.9 K per 9), and there are a few quality arms in Matt Belisle ( 3-8, 3 SV, 3.71 ERA, 7.8 K/9) and Wilton Lopez ( 6-3, 10 SV, 2.17 ERA, 7.3 K/9). The team failed to improve their starting rotation, which looks to be one of the worst in The NL West again this year.
The overall outlook for Colorado is bleak. It is hard to conceive them finishing any better than they did in 2012. The NL West continues to position itself as the best division in the National League, and The Colorado Rockies are falling way behind the curve. A slight three game improvement is all we expect to see from The Rockies.