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The Rockies Exploding 2014 Offense – A Bigger Advantage Than Ever At Home: This Team Is Lethal

Coors Field is one of the better places in the MLB to watch a game - and this year (much like the last 21 year) the team is crippling opposing pitching.  With pitching beginning ro reign supreme in the MLB realms, the offensive attack put forth by Colorado may be enough of an advantage to outslug teams.  The Rockies have potential ALL - Stars at many of the positions, and just a sick amount of speed, defense plus power.  The team just needs to receive adequate pitching and remain healthy, and this could be the best year in Denver since 2007!

Coors Field is one of the better places in the MLB to watch a game – and this year (much like the last 21 years) the team is crippling opposing pitching. With run prevention beginning to reign supreme in the MLB realms, the offense attack put forth by Colorado may be enough of an advantage to outslug teams. The Rockies have potential ALL – Stars at many of the positions, and just a sick amount of speed, defense plus power. The team just needs to receive adequate pitching and to remain healthy, and this could be the best year in Denver since 2007!

Hunter Stokes (Chief Writer): 

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I always have likened the Colorado Rockies to a heavyweight puncher that is capable of a knockout blow when you are least expecting it. 

In 2014, they are making their best 45 Year Old George Foreman impression vs. James Buster Douglas!

If they have all of their players performing on the field like Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez, then look the hell out.

You add in ALL – Star performances from Justin Morneau (looking like a Todd Helton clone circa 2007), Charlie Blackmon (putting up Dexter Fowler‘s best numbers) – and torrid play on defense and offense from 26 game hitting streak man ‘Nolan Arenado,” and you are talking about some haymakers being thrown.

The club assembled a decent Bullpen, and have an array of Starting Pitchers throw well on the bump.

Tulowitzki is head and shoulders above the rest of the NL MVP contenders (yes, even Giancarlo Stanton).  How about the man's .608/.677/1.098  3 Slash Line in his 1st 51 AB at home for an OPS of 1.775.  The man has reached base 42 times in 15 Games played so far.  This is downright ridiculous.  TULO, now 29 - has only ever reached 150 games as a plateau once - having fought a myriad of injuries that have plagued him for years.  When healthy, he is in the conversation for best all around player in the NL.

Tulowitzki is head and shoulders above the rest of the NL MVP contenders (yes, even Giancarlo Stanton). How about the man’s .608/.677/1.098 3 Slash Line in his 1st 51 AB at home for an OPS of 1.775. The man has reached base 42 times in 15 Games played so far. This is downright ridiculous. TULO, now 29 – has only ever reached 150 games as a plateau once – having fought a myriad of injuries that have plagued him for years. When healthy, he is in the conversation for best all around player in the NL.

Jorge De La Rosa coming back in 2013 has really stabilized the rotation.  Throw in emerging youngsters Juan Nicasio, Jordan Lyles and Tyler Chatwood, and you are seeing the picture being painted.

Tulowitzki is playing out of his head, and this reminds of you have how hot this franchise can become when firing on all cylinders.

God Bless the Rockies too for the offense they play at Coors.  There is a reason why they have a strong fanbase despite only turning out 6 winning campaigns since 1993.

This club has always been exciting to watch.  As pitching has developed more prominently in the last few years, it atill struggles at Coors Field.

The Rockies have blazed the competition in the thin air @ Denver with a .355/.401/.600 3 Slash this far in 2014, with 33 HRs and 138 Runs Scored in 18 contests.

The guys passing the dish in 2014 amounts to be a 7.67 Runs Scored per game clip. 

These numbers are reminiscent of the Pre – Humidor ERA (1993 – 2001), although their has been a 10% decline in offense, the Rockies positional players have still hit over .300 each of 12 years Post – Humidor seasons, with the 2008 squad being an exception.

Leading the National League in home Batting Average and Runs Scored is nothing new to the franchise, as it has led in both categories for over 90% of the seasons since coming into the league in the early 80’s.

Colorado has parlayed its early season hit barrage into a 13 – 5 record at Coors Field, and is in possession of the best Run Differential in the Majors currently at +48.

It is too bad these guys play in the NL West, where the Giants and Dodgers are both so tough to play against. 

Right now SF leads the Division with a 21 – 12 mark, just one game ahead of the 21 – 14 Rockies.

The Dodgers are lurking at 19 – 15, but have received NL Cy Young Winning  Clayton Kershaw back to the Starting Rotation – and should be a force moving forward this season.

Having to play these two powerhouses for 38 games this season is a tough negotiation – as this represent 23.5% of their entire schedule.

On the other end of that is that the Padres and Diamondbacks are far worse than advertised, so maybe this will work out in the end.

Morneau and Arenado are putting up numbers that are way above average for their positions.

Gonzalez and Tulowizki theoretically should both be in competition for the NL MVP if they can play 140 Games+.

Everyone is also forgetting they are missing reigning NL Batting Champ Michael Cuddyer, who is slated to come back rather shortly.

When push comes to shove, they also have a Catcher in Wilin Rosario, who may be capable of challenging for a HR crown one year – and could crush 25 – 30 big flies this year despite a slow power start.

Spare OF’s Brandon Barnes and Corey Dickerson are both hitting .357 and Drew Stubbs has aided the plight with an .828 OPS in 61 AB.

This teams depth is downright filthy.

If Colorado can play in contention all year, also look for them to be buyers at the Trading Deadline.

This team could try to add another Starter and a Bullpen arm.

One player they should definitely seek out is Padres Closer/’Former Rox Reliver’ Huston Street.

Not sure that San Diego would part with him, but maybe by July they wouldn’t care – and be happy to have one of the many OF’s go back in their coiffeurs for the exchange.

In an age where runs are at a premium for scoring, Coors Field is not like that at all.

Not only am I a jealous of a Rockies fan to frequent their beautiful scenery the park, but I love offense most as a fan.

The Rockies were pistol hot at the end of the 2007 regular season - heading into the playoffs, where they won 21 out of 22 games, and may have only been stopped by a lengthy layoff - in waiting for the Red Sox and Indians to finish the ALCS.  Colorado made the playoff again in 2009, but have since retreated in the last few years, usually suffering a horrible injury to a star at the worst possible time.,

The Rockies were pistol hot at the end of the 2007 regular season – heading into the playoffs, where they won 21 out of 22 games, and may have only been stopped by a lengthy layoff – in waiting for the Red Sox and Indians to finish the ALCS. Colorado made the playoff again in 2009, but have since retreated in the last few years, usually suffering a horrible injury to a star at the worst possible time.  Maybe 2014 will provide them another chance to play in the Fall Classic.

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