We've done a few Colorado Rockies mailbags on BSN Denver before but this is something I want to try more regularly, for now we'll publish one every Saturday. Make sure to send me your questions by next Friday. If you want to submit questions you can email me at Jake@BSNDenver.com or ask me on Twitter via @Shapalicious (if you ask on Twitter make sure to mention you want it answered in the mailbag.)
With all of the Rockies' arbitration eligible cases now settled and report dates about a month away these are the questions currently on Rockies' fans minds.
Duncan emails me, "In 2017 we saw significant under-performances from a handful of players, namely CarGo, Story, Desmond, Wolters, and Ottavino. I’m optimistic that at least a few of them will have bounce-back years in 2018. Looking forward to 2018, it’s probably realistic to expect another handful of players that saw success in 2017 have down years in 2018. Which players do you think are most in danger of regression in 2018? I’m sincerely hoping it’s not from one of our young starters, but I have a sinking feeling it very well could be. Sorry to be a downer on a beautiful Friday."
Thanks for the email Duncan!
Chances are somebody will underperform and you're right one of the staters is likely to be a regression candidate by just being realistic with the math. However, Jeff Hoffman should improve and there is a reason the club has seven staters with big league time and another two in Triple-A in Yency Almonte and Zack Jemiola who are big league ready. With how German Marquez' season ended he needs to work on a few aspects of his game or else he will step back. One of the main things is limiting home runs.
Meanwhile, Kyle Freeland—who was essentially worth the same as Marquez last year—also needs to work on some things, especially trying to be more deceptive in his delivery.
Aside from the pitchers, I believe Charlie Blackmon is a candidate to take a step back. That's because he's 31-years-old and is coming off a career season. This isn't to say Blackmon won't be an All-Star because he probably will be but chances are he isn't a legitimate MVP candidate again.
Here’s something that’s been eating at me lately, do you think this is the last year of our playoff window? Too much talent on one year contracts for my comfort.