2018 Rockies eager to prove preseason naysayers wrong

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Rockies officially opened camp Wednesday with a spring in their step and confident they’ll be true contenders.

Not everyone, however, is quite so bullish on the Rockies.

Baseball Prospectus and Fangraphs, two respected baseball web sites that lean heavily on analytics, peg the Rockies as a so-so team. Baseball Prospectus, using its PECOTA projections system, predicts that Colorado will finish 78-84 and fourth in the National League West. Fangraphs has the Rockies going 80-82.

So what do the Rockies say? After all, they finished 87-75 last season and qualified for the postseason for the first time in eight years.

“We know we are in a very good spot, and we knew we were last year, too,” said right-hander Jon Gray, the likely No. 1 starter. “But this year is a little different. We know what to do, we know what to expect from ourselves.

“Last year was pretty successful, but there were a lot of bumps in the road. So I think there is nowhere to go but up. If everybody plays their role, there is nowhere to go but up.”

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Catcher Tony Wolters dismissed the mid-February predictions.

“I honestly haven’t thought about how many games we can win, I just think about us getting back to the playoffs,” Wolter said. “I just know that I want to dye my hair purple in the playoffs along with (Gerardo) Parra.”

Manager Bud Black said his club will keep its predictions “in house,” but added, “You will see some prognosticators that don’t think we are a contending team, but I think you will also find those people that think we are. But ultimately it doesn’t matter. What matters is what we do on the field come the first day of the season. Which is how it should be.”

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Source:: The Denver Post

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