Colorado Rockies (64-47)
At one point this year the Rockies had the best record in baseball, and they were being hyped up as threats to the NL West crown. Well as we know, they aren’t a significant threat to the NL West title but could be a dangerous NLDS opponent.
Let’s start off by examining their starting rotation that has the 23rd ranked team ERA. Jon Gray has gotten back to full health and will possibly be at full strength for a playoff game or two. Behind him are the likes of Jeff Hoffman and Antonio Senzatela, who are solid pitchers that could be aided by non-Coors Field parks.
The bullpen hasn’t been too much of a different story from the starting rotation, but what can you expect from a team that plays half their games in Denver?
Greg Holland has been one of the game’s best relievers this season and has been this bullpen’s bright spot. Jake McGee and Chris Rusin, who have done a good job of getting the ball to Holland, fill a few other spots in the pen. They were also able to swing a deal for Pat Neshek, which will only strengthen their pen.
And now, the moment you’ve all waited for, the Rockies’ lineup. They have racked up the 3rd highest run total this season with 593 runs scored, and have talent all over the field.
Nolan Arenado is having another MVP-caliber season with 25 HR and a .961 OPS. He is surrounded by other big hitters such as Charlie Blackmon, who will get some MVP votes, and D.J LeMahieu who is getting on base at a .383 clip. Add in the addition of Jonathon Lucroy and Coors Field, aka Satan field, and the Dodgers have themselves a possible threat.