Colorado Rockies Starting Lineup 4/3/20 Rockies Lineup

91-72, 2nd in NL West

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When we look at the central core of the Rockies' batting lineup, it would be easy to conclude this team is going to be explosive. Colorado might have the most impressive 2 through 5 set of hitters in baseball, or at least as good as anyone else. The problems with many unflattering projections for overall team performance heading into 2020 must involve the pieces surrounding this block of strong bats. There is potential power at the leadoff, but limited speed.

If opposition pitching can navigate through the top five, the bottom of the Colorado order isn't frightening anyone. Pitching in Colorado is always a problem for both the home team and the visitors. The Rockies have a couple of decent pitchers at the top of the rotation. It is the average to below average estimates of the bottom three that is troubling. Colorado also doesn't have a strong bullpen to protect situations where they do jump to an early lead.

Rockies Starting Lineup

G. Marquez , (R), SP
1. D. Murphy , (L), 1B
2. R. McMahon , (L), 2B
3. N. Arenado , (R), 3B
4. T. Wolters , (L), C
5. D. Dahl , (L), CF
6. R. Tapia , (L), LF
7. C. Blackmon , (L), RF
8. T. Story , (R), SS
Pos Pitcher
SP German Marquez G. Marquez (R)
Pos Pitcher Rating GS Record IP Batters Faced Hits Runs ER HR Allowed BB SO K% BB% WHIP BABIP
SP German Marquez G. Marquez (R)
92
0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00% 0.00% 0.00 0
Pos Hitter Rating Order G PA Hits 1B 2B 3B HR RBI Runs SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
1B Daniel Murphy D. Murphy (L)
92
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
2B Ryan McMahon R. McMahon (L)
82
2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
3B Nolan Arenado N. Arenado (R)
95
3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
C Tony Wolters T. Wolters (L)
70
4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
CF David Dahl D. Dahl (L)
87
5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
LF Raimel Tapia R. Tapia (L)
81
6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
RF Charlie Blackmon C. Blackmon (L)
91
7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A
SS Trevor Story T. Story (R)
94
8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A N/A

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2020 Colorado Rockies Pitching Analysis

Pitching in Coors is one of the toughest things to do, and the Rockies pitchers are already ad a disadvantage pitching half their games in the high altitude ballpark. The Rockies seem to rotate who the breakout arm is each year. We have seen Jon Gray and Tyler Anderson breakout, while it was Kyle Freeland and German Marquez who did it last year. If the rotation could put it together at the same time, the last few seasons would have gone a lot differently. Freeland had a successful 2018 season, winning 17 games with a 2.85 ERA. The ERA is expected to go up about a full run, but Freeland is projected to hit the 200 innings mark, and still provide solid peripheral numbers. German Marquez had a huge season with 230 strikeouts in 196 innings. He finished the year with a 3.77 ERA, but in the second half he was unbeatable with a 2.61 ERA and 34% strikeout rate. Projections are looking at Marquez to continue this type of pitching, as his arsenal translates well with Coors, and his velocity is up as well. We also have to remember that these arms will be facing San Diego, San Francisco, and now Arizona which all project to be bottom half offense.

Jon Gray is someone we want to show more consistency. He took a step back in 2018 boasting an ERA over five, but had a 3.47 xFIP. He allowed 1.41 HR, which was up quite a bit from the last two seasons where he kept it under one. Expect those numbers to trickle back down and even out. He had a 12.3% swinging strike rate, and averaged 95 mph on the season. Tyler Anderson is the other Colorado name who is going to sport a more league average pitching line this season. He had the second highest ERA on the team, and it was the home runs that killed him. His batted ball stats were not as friendly when trying to prove it was some bad luck. Anderson is going to need to keep the ball in the park this year. Antonio Senzatela and Chad Bettis will likely be the guys rounding out the rotation, as both are below average right-handed options.