This coming baseball betting season looks to be more of the same and barring any miracles the Rockies will once again fall to the bottom of the heap. The problem for this baseball bet team, as it’s always been, is pitching. Colorado is the place that pitchers go to die.
Because of the thin air, the ball travels further, and routine fly balls often turn into home runs or ground rule doubles and pitching aces turn into very hittable creatures. ERAs balloon and psyches are destroyed. You would think that it would work both ways that the Rockies would also be able to abuse visiting pitchers, and they generally do, but it just never seems to work out in favor of the home team and baseball betting road games are killers.
Last baseball betting year the Rockies finished with a baseball bet record of 76-86. True to form Colorado went 44-37 at home while falling to 32-49 on the road. If the team could some how eliminate the baseball betting road games from the schedule they’d be in pretty good shape, but that’s unlikely to happen any time soon. Instead, this baseball bet team will have to rely on its hitting again 2007 baseball betting season and hope that some how the pitching staff is improved.
Last marked a bit of improvement that the team will hope build on, after averaging only 67.5 wins in the two previous baseball betting seasons. In the starting rotation the Rockies have a lot of questions. The team traded away pitching ace Jason Jennings in the off season. What they’re left with now, is kind of up in the air. Aaron Cook will take over the number one spot. He doesn’t have a lot of power but he some how kept his ERA under four last baseball betting year, and at Coors Field that will always keep your baseball betting team in the running. Jeff Francis, Rodrigo Lopez, B.H. Kim and Taylor Buckholz round out the rotation.
Francis is a good young pitcher averaging 13.5 wins a baseball betting season and some how has adapted well to Coors Field as well. He could even get the number spot in the rotation if Cook some how falters. The others are big ifs and could be replaced at any time during the baseball betting season. Lopez has potential but will likely get murdered in the hitter friendly park.
The bull pen has undergone some minor changes in the off season. Jose Mesa and Ray King are both gone. Ramon Martinez looks set to continue in his role in relief and hopefully pick up where he left off last baseball betting year. Tom Martin will play the set up specialist and Jeremy Affeldt and LaRoy Hawkins will be offering middle inning support. Brian Fuentes will be the closer and has done a great job over the past two baseball betting years getting 30 plus saves in each baseball betting year.
At the plate this lineup isn’t the imposing line up that it once was. There are still plenty of good bats, but nothing that will strike fear in the heart of the opposing pitcher. Todd Helton is still the big bat in the line up although his power is nothing like what it used to, but his average and RBIs are still very good. Garret Atkins will be the guy who will have to step up and provide some lumber in the meat of the order.
He had a break out baseball betting season last year with 29 homers, 120 RBIs and a .329 average. Matt Holliday is another slugger in the heart of the line up that will have to repeat his same big numbers from ’06 baseball bet season as well, his baseball betting stats were nearly identical to Atkins, but he stunk on the road. If he can get his road numbers to match his at home plate appearances, he’ll be an baseball betting all-star. The rest of the positions are pretty weak and we could se players like second baseman Kaz Matsui, lose his job if he can’t get his bat cracking.
Last baseball betting season the Rockies showed nine games of improvement in their win total, but to expect such a feat this baseball betting year would be asking too much. The team is likely to hover around its three baseball betting year average and probably finish with between 68-75 wins. And that just won’t be enough to make baseball bet playoffs for yet another baseball betting year.