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Colorado Rockies Preview History

Colorado Rockies Preview History

2012 Colorado Rockies Preview
There are new faces at catcher, second base, third base and right field for the Rockies in 2012 as they try and climb out of the cellar and back into contention in the NL West.

Marco Scutaro was acquired in a trade with the Red Sox and he’ll slide into second base with all-star Troy Tulowitzki occupying shortstop. Michael Cuddyer has been brought in to replace the production of Seth Smith, who was traded to Oakland for Guillermo Moscoso and Josh Outman in order to help manager Jim Tracy’s thin pitching staff.

Jeremy Guthrie was brought in from Baltimore and will likely be Colorado’s opening-day starter. Guthrie has thrown over 200 innings in each of the past three seasons and is the only starter on the staff with over three major league seasons under his belt. The bullpen is anchored by Rafael Betancourt, who comes off a spectacular season in 2011. The 36-year old struck out 73 batters in 62 innings with an ERA of 2.89 and takes over closer duties with the departure of Huston Street to San Diego.

The core of Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Todd Helton all return for the Rockies as they try to rebuild back to the level of 2007 when they won the NL pennant. The Rockies 2012 season starts April 5 at Minute Maid Park in Houston before returning home to host the Giants on April 9.

2011 Colorado Rockies Preview (2010 record: 83-79, 3rd NL West)
Last year, the Colorado Rockies had quite the up-and-down season. It wasn’t until the end of the year that the team made a true push before petering out in the end. It was in those waning August and September days, however, when it became clear that the team had a true nucleus to build around. It was at that time when Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Ubaldo Jimenez showed the fans that they could recreate the magical end-of and post-season run of 2009 for a whole year.

This year, newcomers include second baseman Jose Lopez (formerly of Seattle) and pitcher Jorge De La Rosa. If these two help shore up the team’s low average and ERA, respectively, they will definitely be feeling a Rocky Mountain High in Colorado this year.

2010 Colorado Rockies MLB Preview:
Anytime your team makes an early exit from the playoffs, fans are likely to eagerly await a second effort at a championship run the following season. That's exactly what the Colorado Rockies face as they take the field in 2010. Fielding a mixture of proven veterans, budding superstars and promising prospects, the Rockies have the perfect blend of talent to compete all year and put together an exciting follow-up effort to win the pennant.

All eyes will be on Troy Tulowitzki this season as he strives to meet some analysts' lofty predictions that he will emerge as an overpowering MVP candidate and one of the most dynamic shortstops in the game. After stealing 20 bases and hammering 32 homeruns last year, Tulowitzki showed that he can get the job done with both speed and power, and act as the fuel for a promising Colorado Rockies team.

When fans take a seat in Coors Field this season, they can look for centerfielder Dexter Fowler to make a name for himself in his second year of duty with the club, and expect veteran Todd Helton to show what makes him a near lock for the Baseball Hall of Fame. The way the home runs fly out of the thin air at Coors Field, every game is bound to bring some excitement.

2009 Colorado Rockies MLB Preview:
The Colorado Rockies look solid heading into the 2009 Major League Baseball season. The Rockies will once again be led by Manager Clint Hurdle, who will be working to get Colorado back to the playoffs. Hurdle will put out some firepower on offense and then count on talented new closer Huston Street to shutdown opponents in close games. If Street and company play up to their potential, then the 2009 Colorado Rockies will be looking tough when the postseason comes around.

2008 Colorado Rockies MLB Preview:
The Colorado Rockies are one of the best teams in Major League Baseball (MLB). The Rockies are led by a strong group of young baseball players that includes Todd Helton and Matt Holliday. Rockies fans fill Coors Field to see this dynamic group smash home runs and win games in dramatic fashion. A Colorado Rockies game is more than just a baseball game; it's a great chance to watch MLB players at their best.

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