Tyler Thompson over at Bleacher Report made his 10 Bold Predictions for the Rockies in 2010.
Here's a rundown with some of my thoughts mixed in.
1. Ubaldo Jimenez will take another step forward
Thompson goes on to say Jimenez "should be an easy choice for the All-Star game in July."
Agreed. Jimenez is only going to get better as he establishes better command and more consistency. He's special, folks. Let's just enjoy this guy for as long as we can.
2. Todd Helton will hit .322 with 18 HRs and 92 RBI
That's a touch optimistic because I expect Helton to see 40-50 less ABs this season. The average should be right around that mark but I'll predict more like 13 HRs with 82 RBI. The main thing is having Helton hitting in September/October like he is in April/May. If Giambi hits around .250 with 10 HRs and 40 RBI then you've really got something good going.
Thompson: I think they are still a year away from competing against Philadelphia, but taking the West should be no problem at all.That's a strong statement.
It's their best chance to date. They are every bit as strong as the other division contenders -- Dodgers, Giants, Diamondbacks (pending Webb's health). It's all about how they play within the division. Historically that's the issue. If they get that division record over .500, then yes, they'll win this division. If they get to .500, then they've put themselves right in the hunt. Anything under .500, as we've seen time and time again, is not good enough.
Prediction: I think they figure the Dodgers out this season. I think they battle the Giants right down to the wire. And I think both the Rockies and Giants make the playoffs. In which order... I'm not ready to say just yet.