THERE are 162 games for each team in an MLB season. So it’s fair to say that assumptions made after the first 15 games may not hold much sway for the entire schedule of games, they do however give us a solid sample size. One of the biggest early surprises has been the Colorado Rockies shooting to one of the best records in baseball. Will the trend continue though or is it just momentary success?
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SINCE losing the World Series a decade ago to Boston, the Rockies have only played in once playoff series. In fact Colorado have only played in 19 playoff games in their entire 25 year history. So it’s a vast understatement to say that success hasn’t been this franchise’s forte since joining the MLB.
OFF season signing relief pitcher Greg Holland has helped to steer the Rockies to sustained success early on. His form has been stellar with Holland converting eight from eight save chances to date. Last year they were tied for the 3rd worst in the league for blown saves (28) so this form is a welcome surprise. The 9-5 Rockies can attribute most of their early success to the bullpen. Currently they are sitting 5th in the league for strikeouts and currently have seven different players with a win. The pitching crop led by Holland, Mike Dunn and converted starter Chris Rusin has them overachieving in the eyes of many and it will be interesting to see if this success can be maintained moving forward.
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A playoff berth is an option for the Mile High City squad and despite their shortcomings over the past 25 years, 2017 could shape as a turning point. By no means should Rockies fans by their post-season tickets just yet, as a slew of veteran’s in the bullpen never garuantees succes. It does however put them in the position to acheive meaningful victories as a team and ultimately change the outlook of the Rockies franchise.
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