The season is about to get underway, and with that comes out 2021 MLB predictions. We wrap up these predictions with a division that should be an interesting two horse race – the NL West.
The offseason was essentially a matter of the Padres attempting to usurp the Dodgers from the top of the division while Los Angeles kept adding to their roster. This resulted in an entertaining arms race as the two sides battled for offseason bragging rights.
2021 MLB predictions: The NL West
Those moves left the Diamondbacks and Giants essentially fighting for scraps. While they did what they could to upgrade their rosters, the Rockies traded Nolan Arenado for a handful of magic beans while paying the Cardinals to take him on.
Who will emerge in the NL West? We take one final look into our crystal ball to find out.
5. Colorado Rockies
To call the Colorado Rockies incompetent would be an insult to incompetence everywhere.
Once again, the Rockies eschewed free agency, refusing to sign anyone to a guaranteed major league deal. Their biggest move of the offseason involved shipping franchise cornerstone Nolan Arenado and $50 million to the Cardinals after the front office had completely alienated him with trade rumors the previous year. This offseason was a complete disaster. Is it a surprise that Trevor Story is refusing to engage in extension talks?
And yet, the Rockies somehow think they will contend in 2021. This optimism is entirely unfounded given the presence of the Dodgers and Padres in the West. Yes, different substances may be legal in Colorado, but the Rockies’ ownership and front office needs to put the pipe down and pay attention to reality.
The only thing that the Colorado Rockies will compete for in 2021 is the top overall pick next year. That might be a battle they can win.