AL West MLB MLB Team News — 04 April 2010

Todd Helton2009 regular season record: 92-70, Second place, NL West, won NL Wildcard

2009 playoff record: 1-3, lost in NLDS to Philadelphia Phillies

Major Offseason Acquisitions: Melvin Mora (BAL), Miguel Olivo (KC)

Major Offseason Losses: Garrett Atkins (BAL), Yorvit Torrealba (SD), Jason Marquis (WAS)

Projected Lineup (2009 stats):

  1. LF-Carlos Gonzalez (.284 BA, .353 OBP, 13 HR, 29 RBI, 16 SB)
  2. CF-Dexter Fowler (.266 BA, .363 OBP, 4 HR, 34 RBI, 27 SB)
  3. 1B-Todd Helton (.325 BA, .416 OBP, 15 HR, 86 RBI)
  4. SS-Troy Tulowitzki (.297 BA, .377 OBP, 32 HR, 92 RBI, 20 SB)
  5. RF-Brad Hawpe (.285 BA, .384 OBP, 23 HR, 86 RBI)
  6. C-Chris Iannetta (.228 BA, .344 OBP, 16 HR, 52 RBI)
  7. 3B-Ian Stewart (.228 BA, .332 OBP, 25 HR, 70 RBI)
  8. RF-Clint Barmes (.245 BA, .294 OBP, 23 HR, 76 RBI, 12 SB)

Projected Starting Rotation/Closer (2009 stats):

  1. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (15-12, 3.47 ERA, 218.0 IP)
  2. LHP Jeff Francis (’08 stats: 4-10, 5.01 ERA, 143.2 IP)
  3. RHP Aaron Cook (11-6, 4.16 ERA, 158.0 IP)
  4. LHP Jorge De La Rosa (16-9, 4.38 ERA, 185.0 IP)
  5. RHP Jason Hammel (10-8, 4.33 ERA, 176.2 IP)

Closer: LHP Franklin Morales (4.50 ERA, 7 saves)

2010 outlook: The 2009 Rockies shocked everybody in 2009 by winning the Wild Card with a surge at the end of the season.

Now, many are picking them to take home the NL West crown.

While they had just one player hit over .300 last year, the lineup is considered one of the most well-balanced in the league.

Todd Helton has been there for about 36 years now, and he’s still a vital part of the offensive attack, as he hit .325 last year and drove in 86 runs.

Troy Tulowitzki rebounded from a terrible ’08 to become one of the best hitting shortstops in the league last season, when he hit nearly .300 with 32 home runs.

While Jeff Francis struggled last season, the rest of the rotation certainly did not.

Ubaldo Jimenez emerged as the ace of the staff, and he’s a candidate to win 20 games this season.

With closer Huston Street battling shoulder problems, the club will turn to Franklin Morales to start the season finishing games.

Morales got a taste of the closer’s role last season, when he saved seven games in Street’s absence.

The Rockies appear ready to win the NL West, but can they keep it up with such high expectations?

2010 prediction: 96-66, First place, NL West

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