Bored at work. I woke up way too early this morning (3:45) and it hit me like a ton of bricks about 8am. I was literally falling asleep at my desk. I decided to walk over to Wal-Mart and buy a Naked Juice in hopes that the walk and the cold would wake me up. It did, but I need to keep stimulating my brain until beer 30 rolls around and I can head to Dry Dock for their Firkin Friday green chili double IPA. So, why not browse the play index at Baseball-Reference.com and see what kind of fun things we can set as goals for Rockies players? And then see what sort of company it would put them in if they could meet those goals.
Troy Tulowitzki: 30 homers, .300 batting average and 100 driven in.
My first thought is if Tulo achieved all three of those numbers that would have to put him with rare company at the shortstop position, and it would. Since 1901 there have only been 12 occurrences in which a shortstop hit 30 bombs, drove in 100 and batted .300 and of those 12 seasons only six players have done it, including Tulo in 2011. I am guessing you can name the other five…Ripken, Rodriguez, Banks, Tejada and NomAH.
That level of production from Tulo would be huge for the Rockies chances of touching .500 this year.
Carlos Gonzalez: 30 homers, 30 stolen bases, .320 average and 100 driven in.
How many outfielders have reached those numbers in a single season? Six. Larry Walker in 1997, Matt Kemp, Ryan Braun (I never think about Braun as a stolen base threat) and Jacoby Ellsbury in 2011, Vlad in 2002 and then we go way back to 1922 when Ken Williams did it (30 bombs then was a big, big number). I think CarGo can become the seventh player to reach all of those numbers in a single season while playing the outfield. I think he can do it easily.
Todd Helton: 100 games played, .300 average and 20 doubles at the age of 39.
This is also pretty rare territory for a guy of Helton’s age. I think these expectations or goals for Helton are pretty realistic, right? Or am I being too optimistic? There have been 21 such seasons like this in baseball history.
Wilin Rosario: 120 games played and 30 homers
Maybe we are stretching things here. Will Rosario even get 120 games at catcher in 2013? I think it would be best for the Rockies if he did. In baseball history, among catchers 25 years or younger, only three players have caught 120 or more games and hit 30 bombs and it is a short list of the best catchers in baseball history: Bench (twice), Carter and Piazza.
Can Rosario hit 30 home runs in only 120 games? If so, then they should move him to first base because at that rate he would hit about 40 a year and not penalize the team behind the plate.
Dexter Fowler: 20 homers, 20 triples and 10 stolen bases
Dex has been given the “green light” by Walt Weiss already, but I am not sure if that is a good thing considering his ability to steal bases (67% in his career). Dex has never had more than 13 dingers in a single season and never more than 15 triples but he has also never played in more than 143 games. I think with enough playing time and with his improved hitting he has a chance at 20/20/10. Of course, in all of baseball history only Rollins, Granderson, Brett, Frank Schulte, Mays, Jeff Heath and Jim Bottomley have done it before. And each only did it once. It isn’t an easy accomplishment.
What other goals should Rockies players have in 2013? I can’t really think of any good goals for the Rockies pitching staff…keep the team ERA under 6.00?? What goals do you think the players should have for 2013?