Power Rankings: Rockies better than expected, but can it last?

by | Baseball Blogger

So let's try to make sense of the Rockies, shall we?

Through 20 games, they are 13-7. Only one team has a better record in all of baseball.

They have beaten up on obviously inferior competition, taking down the Padres all six times the two teams played -- meaning the Rockies are .500 against everyone else.

The two elite teams the Rockies have played, the Braves and Giants, have beaten Colorado in all five games.

But then we have the Diamondbacks, Mets and Brewers, against which the Rockies have gone 7-2.

Now, good teams beat up on bad teams. That's obvious. Even good teams struggle against great teams. That's obvious, too. After that, we're left with the Rockies going 7-2 against teams that might range from mediocre (probably the Mets) to quite good (this is where I'm inclined to put the Brewers). With only 20 games down and 142 to go, it's awfully early to start drawing conclusions, but as things stand right now, the Rockies sport the look of a legitimate above-average team.

I have little doubt that as long as injuries to the big boppers -- Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez -- are avoided, the offense will continue to be among the best in baseball. The starting pitching, on the other hand, is frightening long-term, unless several guys have career years.

Overall, I will say this -- since so many of you claim I'm not accountable, despite my name, email address and Twitter handle being listed here -- the Rockies are not even close to one of the worst teams in baseball, as I had them pegged in my preseason rankings. I believe I was wrong there and that's not going to change over the next 142 games. I'm not sure they're a playoff team -- if I had to bet, I'd say no -- but they will 100 percent not be among the five worst teams this season.

Please feel free to contact me with comments either on Twitter (@MattSnyder27) or via email: matt.snyder@cbs.com. Remember, the rankings below aren't the standings. We have a standings page if that's your thing. These are a subjective rank of how I'd order the best team to the worst team in baseball right now. Definitely feel free to disagree.

These were posted the morning of Wednesday, April 24. Any action coming after posting wasn't included here.


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