Troy Renck, a Colorado Rockies’ beat writer for the Denver Post, is usually the one conducting the interviewing, but this time I decided to flip the table and ask Renck a few questions about the upcoming season. On any given day during the MLB season, one can find Renck at Coors Field interviewing players and coaches, and putting together articles for all to read. So, what are his thoughts on the upcoming season for the Rockies?
“They will be a better team, but it will not be reflected much in their record,” Renck said in an email-interview.
Renck believes that the Rockies should win about 74 games, which would leave the Rockies with another sub-.500 record of 74-88 at the end of the 2013 season.
One concern that Rockies’ fans worried about this off-season involved the pitching rotation. In 2012, the Rockies’ four-man rotation finished last in the majors in innings, ERA (5.81), FIP, WHIP, wins (29) and winning percentage (.299). Renck believes that they didn’t do enough this off-season to erase this concern.
“They should have traded for a pitcher like Wade Davis or signed Kevin Correia.”
Davis signed a 4-year, $10 million deal with the Kansas City Royals, after being traded from the Tampa Bay Rays last December. Correia signed a 2 year, $10 million deal with the Minnesota Twins.
Another area of concern involved veteran Todd Helton and how ready he would be for the 2013 season. Helton’s season ended after just 69 games with a hip injury that required surgery in the Fall. Renck believes that age will play a major factor in the amount of time Helton will be on the field this season.
“(Helton) will play well when he plays,” Renck said. “But his back and legs just don’t cooperate as much anymore.”
Overall, Renck said the Rockies’ record will depend on two big factors; pitching and limited injuries.
“It hinges on the starting rotation and keeping (shortstop) Troy Tulowitzki and (outfielder) Carlos Gonzalez on the field.”
I ended the interview with a question about his job in the baseball world. Renck, who played his entire life and still coaches his sons, said he just loves the sport.
“The best part is the baseball,” he said. “The job is relentless and there is a lot of pressure. But in a way, it’s like I am still playing a sport.”