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Colorado Rockies Betting Tips – Tulowitzki’s Return Among Reasons Rockies Should Be Marginally Better In 2013

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 3/6/2013 6:24:43 PM

Injuries and a lack of depth contributed to the Colorado Rockies finishing with one of the worst records in baseball in 2012. Although the team didn’t do much to upgrade its talent, there is reason to believe it will be better in this coming sports betting season. The Rockies will welcome back shortstop Troy Tulowitzki at the heart of their order, and with a strong cast of starting pitchers on the other side of the ball they should be much more competitive. Colorado still needs a few more pieces before it will be ready to compete with the top teams in the National League West for a division crown, but a moderate improvement can be expected.

The biggest difference this online sportsbook season will be a healthy Tulowitzki. A year after the All-Start shortstop posted a .302 batting average with 30 home runs and 105 RBI, he barely saw the field as a groin injury limited him to just 47 games. Tulowitzki’s return will be the biggest addition to the Rockies’ order, and Colorado will be much stronger with him and Carlos Gonzalez in the middle of the lineup. The one positive that could be taken from losing Tulowitzki last season is the emergence of 23-year old Josh Rutledge, who batted .274 in his place and will slide over to second base this year. Dexter Fowler is coming off a breakout campaign in which he hit .300 with 53 RBI and 72 runs, and with a decent back end to the order that includes Michael Cuddyer and Chris Nelson, the Rockies’ offense figures to take a step forward in 2013.

The upside isn’t as high on the other side of the ball where Colorado’s starting pitchers went a combined 29-68 with a 5.81 ERA in 2012, while it averaged under five innings per start. The team didn’t do much in terms of bringing in new pieces, but Jorge De La Rosa, Jhoulys Chacin, and Juan Nicasio were limited to a combined 28 starts last season because of injury, and should add some punch to the rotation if they can stay healthy. The Rockies are also hoping that Jeff Francis can bounce back and prove he is worth an extension after signing a one-year deal in the offseason, after he led the club with six wins and 113 innings pitched a year ago. Big things are expected of top prospect Drew Pomeranz this coming online betting season, and he will be given every chance to succeed. Rafael Betancourt was solid in the closer role a year ago and will have Wilton Lopez to push him for that role this year, so overall the bullpen figures to be solid.

The return to health of several players in both the rotation and the order will be the key to the Rockies showing a marginal improvement in 2013. While this team is still very raw and competing in a very tough division next to the Giants and Dodgers, they do have the potential to improve on their win total and take a small step towards re-establishing itself as a contender in the near future by adding five or six more wins to its season total.

Projected Record: 70-92 (5th In NL West)

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