Season Preview: There are questions at almost every position for the Rockies—including the pitching staff—but also plenty of talent in 2021. Colorado won’t finish first in the NL West, but they won’t finish last if everyone plays consistent baseball. Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon lead an offense with some exciting young players, including Ryan McMahon and Sam Hilliard.
Season Recap: Manager Bud Black used a lot of different players in 2020, but disappointing seasons from Nolan Arenado, David Dahl, and Jon Gray crippled the team. Colorado’s starting pitching was actually very good and the team was in first place in August. However, poor hitting and bad luck dropped the team into the NL West cellar with a 26–34 record.
Season Preview: As usual, the Rockies have a lot of scary hitters, led by Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, Daniel Murphy, and Charlie Blackmon. But this may be the year the pitching gets them deep into the playoffs. German Marquez, Jon Gray, and Kyle Freeland are in their prime years, and rising star Ryan Castellani could be a difference-maker. The bullpen is stocked with flamethrowers who could make Colorado tough to beat in the late innings.
Season Recap: Winning close games is crucial when you are fighting for a Wild Card spot and the Rockies lost more than their fair share in 2019. The team was 40–34 in June but ended up dropping more than 90 games after a dismal second half. Injuries kept Colorado from putting its best lineup on the field all year long. The bright spots for the Rockies included big years from Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, and good showings from prospects Brendan Rodgers and Sam Hilliard in brief trials.
June 16, 2019: Charlie Blackmon collected 15 hits in a four-games series against the Padres to break the old four-game record of 14.
Season Preview: Fans in Denver got their New Year’s wish when the team signed superstar Nolan Arenado to a huge contract heading into 2019. He leads a scrappy club into battle with hopes of topping 90 wins again. Arenado will be surrounded by slugging infielders Trevor Story and Daniel Murphy, and do-it-all leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon. The Rockies got great pitching last year. If that happens again they will cause big trouble for the Dodgers again.
Season Recap: Colorado won 90 games to finish in a tie with the Dodgers in the NL West. Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado had MVP-type seasons at the plate, while Kyle Freedland, Jon Gray and German Marquez led the pitching staff. The Rockies ended their season with four games in four different cities over five days: Game 162 at home in Denver, the NL west Tiebreaker in Los Angeles (which they lost), the Wild Card Game in Chicago (which they won), and Game One of the NL Division Series, In Milwaukee. The Rockies were swept be the Brewers to finish off and exciting but disappointing year.
September 26, 2018: German Marquez tied an all-time record when he struck out the first eight batters he faced in a start against the Phillies.
September 11, 2018: Trevor Story became the first shortstop in NL history with 30 homers, 40 doubles and 100 RBIs in the same season.
Season Preview: The Rockies have never been known for their pitching, but that could change in 2018. A young, hard-throwing group of starters is backed by an excellent bullpen. There will still be a lot of runs scored in Colorado, but Rockies fans hope that most of them will be scored by the home team. Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story, and Nolan Arenado lead a powerful offense, while Chad Bettis and Jon Gray anchor the starting staff. Wade Davis, Adam Ottavino, and Chris Shaw make up a very good bullpen.
Season Recap: After more than two decades trying to figure out how to pitch in their own ballpark, the Rockies found the right formula in 2017 and won 87 games. Their entire starting staff was between 22 and 27 and they simply reared back dared opposing batters to hit their best stuff. The offense was excellent as usual, with 30-homer seasons from Mark Reynolds, Charlie Blackmon, and Nolan Arenado. DJ LeMahieu, Jonathan Lucroy, and Gerardo Parra chipped in with .300 averages.
September 29, 2017: Charlie Blackmon set a new record for RBIs by a leadoff hitter when he drove in his 101st run of the season with a home run against the Dodgers.
June 1, 2017: Charlie Blackmon was named NL Player of the Month for May. He had the most hits and triples in the league that month.
November 1, 2016: The Rockies were baseball’s most feared power-hitting team, with Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez, Charlie Blackmon, and Trevor Story combining to smash 122 home runs. A wrist injury ended Story’s great rookie year before he played his 100th game, but another rookie, David Dahl, picked up the slack with a solid August and September. The team’s starting pitchers were better than expected, but the bullpen was a major weak point. At season’s end, Colorado’s record was a so-so 75–87.
October 5, 2016: The Rockies showed in 2016 that they are ready to compete in the NL West. Trevor Story was on pace for 40 homers and 100 RBIs before hurting his thumb. Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, and Carlos Gonzalez combined for 95 homers and 315 RBIs. Colorado’s starting pitchers also showed flashes of brilliance, especially Jon Gray, Chad Bettis, Tyler Anderson, and Tyler Chatwood.
September 17, 2016: Jon Gray set a club record with 16 strikeouts against the San Diego Padres.
August 11, 2016: Rookie David Dahl started his big-league career with a 17-game hitting streak. He tied the record set in 1941 by Chuck Aleno.
April 8, 2016: Rookie shortstop Trevor Story became the first player in history to hit homers in each of his first four big-league games.
October 14, 2015: The Rockies boasted two 40-home run hitters in Carlos Gonzalez and Nolan Arenado, who led the NL with 42 homers, 354 total bases, and 130 RBIs. Unfortunately, Colorado could not catch the division-leading Dodgers, and made the decision to part ways with longtime star Troy Tulowitzki, who was traded to the Blue Jays in July.
October 4, 2015: Nolan Arenado tied with Bryce Harper for the NL home run crown with 42.
April 5, 2015: The recipe for success in Colorado hasn’t changed over the years. If Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez stay healthy and the starting pitchers keep games close, the Rockies are a dangerous team. The fans in Denver are expecting big years from Corey Dickerson and Nolan Arenado. They could turn out to be the difference-makers.
November 15, 2014: Two Rockies won NL Gold Glove awards—third baseman Nolan Arenado and second baseman D.J. LeMahieu.
November 1, 2014: The Rockies had the talent to compete with the Giants and Dodgers in the NL West, but injuries to their two stars—Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez—led to a disappointing season. Colorado did get breakout years from outfielders Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson, and amazing comeback performances from free agent Justin Morneau and veteran starter Jorge de la Rosa.
September 28, 2014: Justin Morneau finished the year with a .319 average to lead the National League. He was the 7th different Colorado player to win the batting crown since the team joined the league in 1993.
May 8, 2014: Nolan Arenado singled against the Rangers to set a team record with hits in 28 straight games. The previous record was held by Michael Cuddyer.
March 31, 2014: The Rockies have a fearsome middle of the lineup, with batting champion Michael Cuddyer and sluggers Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. All three are MVP candidates, but all three have also lost a lot of games to injury in the past. If they stay healthy and productive—and if the Rockies’ young pitchers come through—they could be a very dangerous team.
October 1, 2013: The Rockies lived and died with their three outfielders in 2013. Dexter Fowler, Carlos Gonzalez, and Michael Cuddyer got off to hot starts, but all three were eventually slowed by injuries. Cuddyer was the only one to fully recover—and led the NL with a .331 average. But without Fowler and CarGo at full strength, the team was unable to put together one of its famous late-season runs. That was a shame, because the pitching staff—led by Jhoulys Chacin, Jorde de la Rosa, Tyler Chatwood, and Rex Brothers—was getting the job done.
September 29, 2013: Michael Cuddyer won the NL batting title with a .331 average. He became the sixth Colorado player to lead the league, joining Andres Galarraga, Todd Helton, Larry Walker, Matt Holliday and Carlos Gonzalez.
September 1, 2013: Todd Helton cracked a double against the Reds for hit # 2,500 of his career. Only 95 other players in history had reached this mark.
March 30, 2013: Healthy pitchers will make all the difference for the Rockies in 2013. Last year, Jhoulys Chacin, Juan Nicasio, and Jorge de la Rosa tried to pitch through injuries. The result was a lost season for Colorado. This year all three begin the year in good condition. If they get help from Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez—who were also hurt in 2012—the team could challenge for the NL West crown.
October 3, 2012: Injuries to team leaders Todd Helton, Carlos Gonzalez, and Troy Tulowitzki ruined a season of hope for the Rockies. Without a high-scoring offense, young pitchers like Drew Pomeranz, Alex White, and Christian Friedrich had to be almost perfect to win the few games they did. With a return to full strength on the hitting side, these same pitchers will be counted on to up their game in 2013.
April, 17, 2012: Jamie Moyer defeated the San Diego Padres to become the oldest pitcher to win a big-league game. Moyer was 49 years and 151 days old. He broke the record set by Jack Quinn in 1932.
March, 2012: Rafael Betancourt saved seven games in the final seven weeks of the 2011 season, so it looks like he will get the chance to become the Rockies’ closer when 2012 begins. There are a couple of other hard throwers in the Colorado bullpen, including Rex Brothers and Matt Belisle. Meanwhile, Alex White and Drew Pomeranz will be trying to make the team’s starting rotation. They were the pitchers who the Rockies received after trading Ubaldo Jimenez in 2011.