Baseball Preseason Betting: Rockies Have the Look of a Contender

Baseball preseason betting has the Colorado Rockies as an interesting 20-1 longshot to win the World Series.

The Rockies are not getting a great deal of MLB preseason betting attention but perhaps they should.  Colorado plays in the National League West and they are very capable of winning that division this season.

Baseball preseason betting has the Rockies with quiet confidence based on what they did last year.  The Rockies played great down the stretch and made the playoffs.  They seem ready to go even farther in 2010 even though they are not a marquee team. "It's a very humble group of guys," Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd said. "There's not a lot of bravado there."  Colorado has a great manager in Jim Tracy and he likes a team that just goes about their business and wins. "It's the personality of some of the individuals in that clubhouse and, frankly, that's the way I like it," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "It's not necessary to create bulletin-board fodder for other clubs. We recognize who we are, and we go about our business accordingly. And through the course of our actions, that's when people walk away from you shaking their heads and saying, 'Boy, they're awfully good.' "

Colorado doesn’t have a lot of star players that jump out at you but they sure do have a lot of depth in baseball preseason betting.  And in a long 162-game season, depth matters.  Colorado also has a great defensive team and defense wins games in baseball preseason betting.  The Rockies might have the best infield defense in the Major Leagues.  They have Todd Helton at first, Clint Barmes at second, Troy Tulowitzki at short and Ian Stewart at third. "I know what balls Stew and Barmy can get to, so it gives me more room to do what I have to do.” Tulowitzki said, “I don't have to cheat a certain way to play to their deficiencies because they don't have any. I know they can cover what they're supposed to, so that helps me get to more balls."

Colorado has a superb bench and that is important in the regular season and in baseball preseason betting since everybody plays. The Rockies have a former MVP in Jason Giambi, a backup catcher in Miguel Olivo who hit 23 home runs last year and a backup outfielder in Seth Smith who hit a home run every 22 at-bats. The pitching staff is also deep and talented and this year they get Jeff Francis back from injury.  Don’t sleep on the Rockies in MLB preseason betting.