After finishing 2013 with a 74-88 record, good enough for last place, the Colorado Rockies appear ready to improve only if everything goes right, and the team stays healthy. But there is hope.
If Tulowitzki and Cargo stay healthy. Both Tulo and Cargo are MVP caliber players, both are gold glovers and both are among the best in the league at their positions.
These two players are guys that every team wishes they could have, but they both have stuggled with injuries throughout their careers. If they can remain healthy the Rockies have a chance for a winning season.
With these two anchoring a lineup that will include Wilin Rosario, Michael Cuddyer, and Justin Morneau, the Rockies are likely to score a lot of runs this season.
And De La Rosa and Chacin carry the pitching staff. Neither pitcher is ace quality but they both have had their times when they perform like one.
With Brett Anderson and Tyler Chatwood following them in the rotation, and Rex Brothers and Matt Belisle anchoring down the bullpen, things are looking up for Rockies pitching.
No one thinks that the Rockies will have great pitching, but they do have a chance to be average and that might be enough.
The Los Angeles Dodgers look like they have a tight grip on the NL West, but the Rockies have a chance, while it might be a slim one, to overtake them, no ifs, ands or buts about it.