An alphabetical approach to the Rockies 2015 season

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Jul 30, 2017 Voyeur Upskirt

I depart for spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz., a month from Sunday. Don hate me. I will be packing shorts, ballcaps, sunscreen and a plethora of questions about a Rockies team that lost 96 games last year. Here is my A to Z list of issues, questions and perceptions about the 2015 Rockies: A is for Nolan Arenado. The two time Gold Glove third baseman is poised to become the next Rockies star. Arenado improved his batting average (.267 to .287), on base percentage (.301 to .328), slugging percentage (.405 to .500), home runs (10 to 18) and RBIs (52 to 61) from 2013 to 2014. B is for Eddie Butler. The prized right handed pitcher has added 15 pounds and strengthened his legs, hoping to avoid the falloff that spoiled his first taste of the majors. Can he make the Rockies rotation out of camp? C is for CarGo. Can all star Carlos Gonzalez return from major knee surgery, regain his passion for the game and reclaim his place as one of baseball elite outfielders? Will he still be wearing a Rockies uniform by late summer? D is for Corey Dickerson. The incumbent left fielder led the Rockies last year with 24 home runs and would have been in the National League batting race if he had enough at bats to qualify. Hitting over .300 and smashing 25 to 30 homers is realistic this year. Now, about those routes to flyballs in left field is for ERA. Rockies starters posted a 4.89 ERA last season; relievers were at 4.79. Both ranked last in the NL. With no significant pitching upgrades this offseason, that spells trouble. F is for fans. The Rockies averaged 33,090 fans per game last season, the 10th best home attendance in baseball. Another summer of discontent is going to cut into the gate, party deck or no party deck. G is for Jon Gray.

He suffered in 24 Double A starts. He tweaked his mechanics and is in position to make his big league debut, but don panic if the Rockies top prospect doesn break camp with them. H is for Nick Hundley. The free agent catcher signed a two year contract worth $6.25 million. His priority is tutoring the Rockies young pitchers. I is for injuries. Team dysfunction and lack of depth killed the Rockies in 2014, but so did injuries. Better health this year would be a good start toward a turnaround. J is for June swoon. Until the Rockies get through this month without collapsing, we not buying. The Rockies were 9 18 in June in 2012, 13 15 in 2013 and 8 20 in 2014. K is Tommy Kahnle. The right handed reliever could be a diamond in the rough. He a hard thrower, and with some polish could be a major boost to a shaky bullpen. L is for Jordan Lyles. The right hander went 7 4 with a 4.33 ERA last year but pitched only 126 innings because of in juries. Can he stay healthy? M is for Tyler Matzek. The lefty threw the Rockies only complete game last year and went 2 2 with a 1.69 ERA in September. Just a tease against late season call ups? Or has he finally figured it out? N is for nail biters. The Rockies were 20 24 in one run games and 7 7 in extra inning games a season ago. O is for ownership. Dick Monfort didn bother to look outside the franchise when he promoted Jeff Bridich to general manager. No one else was interviewed. Was that a smart move? P is for Ben Paulsen. The first baseman was written off by some as an player, but he made the most of his short time with the Rockies last season, hitting .317/.348/.571 in 31 games. His continued emergence would make a Justin Morneau trade more likely. Q is for quality starts. The Rockies had only 70 last year. R is for road. Colorado 21 road victories not only were the fewest in baseball, they were the fewest in franchise history. S is for saves. The Rockies had only 24 last year. Arizona bullpen was bad too, but it had 35 saves. T is for Tulo. Troy Tulowitzki is going to be the nonstop story line in 2015. Is the veteran shortstop healthy? Can he stay healthy? If he is healthy, will he be traded? Or can a healthy Tulo turn the Rockies into winners? U is for uniforms. You know those purple, alternative jerseys the Rockies wore a lot last year? They didn fare very well. Looking like Dinger, the Rockies were 12 24. Look for less of that look. V is for veteran. With Michael Cuddyer gone, which veteran will emerge as the voice of the team? LaTroy Hawkins? Tulo? Morneau? Hundley? The Rockies need a leader to create a new clubhouse culture. W is for Walt Weiss. The manager is entering his third season and now has a greater say in personnel matters. But if things go badly again this season, will Monfort stick with Weiss? Maybe a better question: Will Weiss show patience with Monfort? X is for X factor. Which element injuries, defense, homers, bullpen woes will seriously affect the Rockies season? Y is for youth. The Rockies need some of their young players to grow up in a hurry. Z is for zone. One of the reasons DJ LeMahieu won a Gold Glove last season was his range. His 4.895 zone rating was the best among second basemen. Supreme court last week placed new limits college paper writing service https://midnightpapers.com/ on federal judges’ powers in such cases

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