It’s Triple A day in St. Louis. Here's the lineup as the Colorado Rockies play their last game of the 2010 season.
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Clint Barmes, SS
3. Mike McKenry, C
4. Ian Stewart, 3B
5. Chris Iannetta, 1B
6. Seth Smith, RF
7. Jay Payton, ,LF
8. Chris Nelson, 2B
9. Esmil Rogers, P
Todd Helton will return in 2011.
Todd has been plagued with back issues and with fewer then 40 RBI's the Rockies will look for a right handed hitter who can play first base and another position. Catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez tops the wish list. If they can't sign him look for them to make a play for Conor Jackson, Jorge Cantu, or Jose Lopez to split time with Helton.
Eric Young Jr. just might be the fastest player in the major leagues.
But can Colorado deal with his low on base percentage?
Manager Jim Tracy seems more comfortable with catcher Miguel Olivo
and if Chris Iannetta doesn't deliver bigger numbers, he's all but gone.
Melvin Mora wants to return next year but it seems there are numerous teams after him. Most notably the Angels.
Carlos Gonzalez returns as one of baseball's most exciting young players.
The Rockies are committed to Dexter Fowler in center field with Seth Smith viewed as a fourth outfielder as well as Ryan Spilborghs. They will look to add a run producer in the outfield such as Jonny Gomes.
Ubaldo Jimenez will return as the Rockies pitching ace. Houston Street, Rafael Bentencourt and Matt Belisle return as expected. Joe Beimel? He wants to come back but there's risk of a big-market club to outbid the Rockies. The Rockies are encouraged by Frankiln Morales' finish. Let's just hope he can finally get consistent.
Troy Tulowitzki played like a superstar! With his leadership qualities it's obvious he has taken the lead role on the field. If he hadn't been injured early on in the season fans can only wonder where the Rockies would have ended up. But we all know Tulo needs his guys to back him. If the Rockies ownership doesn't spend to improve the roster, they run the risk of losing Tulo down the road. If Tulo goes......so go the Rockies.
The Colorado Rockies pretty much fell apart in the last few games of this season. Let's hope for a better 2011!