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2007 Colorado Rockies Baseball Preview

In 2006, the Colorado Rockies (76- 86) finished out of the money again. But a deep farm system, sound fielding and fine hitting may make them a contender in 2007. Although the baseball betting odds makers have installed Colorado as a 85-1 shot to win the world series, some of the best odds offered for any of the Major League baseball ball clubs.

The anchor of the staff, Jason Jennings, was traded to Houston. That means Aaron Cook (9- 15, 4.23 ERA) must step up as must young LHP Jeff Francis (13- 11, 4.16 ERA). Rodrigo Lopez (9- 18, 5.90 ERA), Jason Hirsh (3- 4, 6.04 ERA) and Byung-Hyun Kim (8- 12, 5.57 ERA) are all questionable. Brian Fuentes (3- 4, 3.44 ERA, 30 SV) has been a stalwart closer, while LaTroy Hawkins (3- 4, 4.48 ERA) is a fine set-up man.

The Rockies tied for second in team batting average (.270) in the league. Left fielder Matt Holliday (.326 AVG, 114 RBI, 34 HR), third baseman Garrett Atkins (.329 AVG, 120 RBI, 29 HR) and first baseman Todd Helton (.302 AVG, 81 RBI, 15 HR) are all top hitters and anchor the center of the batting order. Second baseman Kaz Matsui, who came over from the Mets last season, hit .345 with 19 RBI and 2 homers in 32 games. Right fielder Brad Hawpe (.293 AVG, 84 RBI, 22 HR) has pop in his bat.

The defense is finely tuned with a .985 fielding average (tied for second) and 190 double plays (first). Young catcher Chris Iannetta looks to be a good defensive backstop. The infield and outfield are in dependable hands.

Management is on the cusp of elimination this year. Rockies’ owners Charlie and Dick Monfort have challenged GM Dan O’Dowd and manager Clint Hurdle. If the Rockies, who certainly have talent, don’t become more competitive, the Monforts will probably serve notice.

If pitching is the secret to success, then Colorado may be in trouble. But if it comes down to hitting, then this club is in good shape. They should perform better than they have over the past few years and have a chance to contend. Stay tuned for MLB betting information including free baseball predictions on the Rockies baseball team throughout the 2007 from Maddux.

Read more on the Rockies other NL West division competitors like the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, and San Francisco Giants.

For more info on the Rockies check out the MLB official page for Colorado.

 

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