The Colorado Rockies started the 2020 season with a huge bang. Starting with a 12-3 record, the 2020 season looked promising. Then, during the middle of the season, they started to crumble. What happened? I think that there were three players that did not play up to their potential and that hurt the Rockies in 2020.
David Dahl had a good year last year for the Rockies. Posting a .302 BA, 15 home runs, .353 OBP, and a .524 SLG. He was also was one of the four Rockies to make it to the All-Star game.
During his 2020 campaign, David Dahl did not build off his All-Star season. He finished the season with a .183 BA, .222 OBP, 28 strikeouts on 99 plate appearances, and only 17 hits. He also finished the season with 0 home runs.
Dahl also got hurt a little in the season which didn’t help his stats. When we see a healthy David Dahl, it’s amazing how good he is. This 2020 Dahl was awful. We were looking for the All-Star to build off his success the following year but it seemed to go south fast. If the Rockies can get the same David Dahl for 2021 their run production will improve dramatically.
There’s not much to say about Scott. He was the best pitcher on the Rockies in 2019 with a 6-1 record, 5 saves, only giving up 5 HR, and ending with an incredible 2.25 ERA. Scott had some injures at the beginning of the season, which pushed him to sit out for the whole 2020 season. Not having that arm in the bullpen really hurt the Rockies. Colorado did find some other arms to help them, but having 45 close games instead of Wade Davis is already an improvement for the 2021 season if he is healthy.
The best player on the Colorado Rockies struggled this short season. First off, Nolan ended the 2020 season with a WAR of 1.4. He also had a 2.53 BA, only eight home runs, a .303 OBP, and a .434 SLG.
Those stats don’t seem terrible but for Nolan, they are not good. In 2019 Nolan had a .315 BA, .379 OBP, 5.83 SLG, and 41 home runs. I know it was a shorter season, but the numbers for Arenado should not be as low as they were for an All-Star. This offseason he can opt-out of his contract and find a new team. It will be interesting to see what he does, and if he does, what teams will try to pick him up even after a little slump in 2020.
Same Stuff Different Year
The Rockies started off hot and then crumbled in the middle of the season. They have players that can get the job done, but it seems when one player is hot the other key players are cold. They need to figure out how to keep the good players hot while having some surprising players coming out and putting on a show. With Peter Lambert out for surgery and Scott Oberg missing the year, that the pitching can be better next year. This is a good team, and if they can just find the right pieces, we will see what 2021 brings them.
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