#04 - Colorado
Offense: No weak spots here. More than a few gold gloves too. WsL Rank: 1st
Starting Pitching: This could be an issue come playoff time.WsL Rank: 11th
Relief Pitching: Can attack both sides. WsL Rank: 8th
After some rollercoaster years, Colorado finally said "screw it" and loaded up on offense in 2010. The results are clear, as the Little Leaguers put up 103 wins while leading the league in just about every offensive category. At the heart of the dominance was newly-signed 2B Robinson Cano, who would eventually take home AL MVP honors. Unfortunately, Colorado's dominance ran out in the ALDS, as they were upset by a destined Pittsburgh squad.
Final Record: 103-59, 1st in AL West
Team AVG: .308, 1st in the WsL
Team OBP: .373, 1st in the WsL
Team SLG: .501, 1st in the WsL
Team ERA: 4.18, 14th in the WsL
Opponents AVG: .263, 15th in the WsL
HR Allowed: 174, T-16th in the WsL
Best Offseason Move|
Note to Colorado's competition: You won't catch the Little Leaguers as long as they find gems for cheap in free agency. They added a starting 1B in Todd Helton, some solid rotation depth in Bartolo Colon, AND one of the better lefty RP out there for around $10M? C'mon now.
Worst Offseason Move
A recurring theme in the Worst Offseason Move category has been that, while not necessarily a bad deal in a vaccum, teams are going all-in at the expense of their cap space moving forward. In Colorado's case, they will have $30M to spend next year with Soto, Butler, Helton, Bourn, Pence, Colon, Lincecum, Morrow, Vargas and Peralta hitting the market. Now, this isn't to say that trading away pieces like Matt Moore, Carlos Gonzalez and Brad Peacock were bad deals, but it leaves the LL's very vulnerable moving forward.
PG's '11 Prediction
While their record will not be as good as last year due to a stronger AL, the team is just as stout. Don't be fooled. 97-65 record.