Right now the Colorado Rockies sit atop the NL West with a two game lead over the San Francisco Giants. They have gone 13-5 so far in this early season and have the second best record overall in the National League. No one is surprised that the Atlanta Braves hold the NL’s best record, but I think just about everyone is baseball is a little shocked at how the Rockies have performed so far this season. How can a team like the Rockies start off with such a bang, when a year ago, they were at the bottom of the NL West standings?
Lets take a look.
The most important reason for Colorado’s recent success is due to their offense. The Rockies have been hitting the cover off the ball as of late. Carlos Gonzalez is off to a great start and is poised to have yet another 20-30 home run season. CarGo–and Rockies fans affectionately call him–is already leading the league in runs scored and hitting a cool .364 with 24 hits and 4 home runs. In addition to CarGo’s output, another not-so-likely player has stepped up to provide a boost in the arm for Colorado’s offense. Dexter Fowler is playing out of his mind right now and is tied for the National League’s second most home runs with 8. Fowler has been hitting for power and it shows. Finally, there’s ol’ reliable—Troy Tulowiski. Tulo is off to another fantastic season and has 7 homeruns, 17 RBIs, and a batting average of .328
So, the million dollar question is, is this kind of production sustainable?? My guess is yes. Especially in terms of Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowiski. Both these guys have been productive throughout their young careers and I don’t expect that to change. If CarGo and Tulo can stay healthy,I think their production can remain somewhat constant and wont fall off too much throughout the season.
The wild card here is of course Dexter Fowler. Now, I’m not going to pretend that I saw this kind of power coming from Fowler—or for that matter, even knew who Fowler was before this season. From what I have gathered, Fowler had a pretty uneventful rookie season last year and made tremendous strides in the offseason. The Rockies have high hopes for Fowler and if he can continue to drive in runs and hit the ball of out the park, I think the Rockies will be a force to be recon with in the NL west.
What do you guys think? Where do you see the Rockies ending in the division this year? Id love to hear your input. Feel free to leave comments below or catch me on Twitter at @JCConway1.