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Are The Rockies Contenders?

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Earlier today, Fangraphs posted an entry entitled "What The Colorado Rockies Should Do," where the author looks at the team's position approaching the trade deadline and gives his opinion on whether or not they are buyers or sellers. He argues the Rockies are absolutely buyers, and should trade for a second baseman, move Hawpe to first base, etc.

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There's nothing wrong about the article. In fact, I can't really disagree with the content. But it does make me question his original premise.

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Are the Rockies legitimate contenders?

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As of today, they are five games back of the division leading San Diego Padres. They have one of the best starting rotations in baseball, and are blessed with one of the deepest and most talented outfields in the major leagues.

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But could this team win the World Series? With serious holes at first, second, and third base (not to mention the loss of Tulowitzki at shortstop), is there enough firepower to keep up with the other contenders? The strengths of the team, pitching and defense, have been inconsistent all year long. The bullpen and Ubaldo Jimenez, the two reasons this team is even in contention in 2010, have shown signs of wear and exhaustion.

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Here's another idea to mull over. If the playoffs were to start today, the potential rubber match in the series would include Jason Hammel.

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The Rockies are not known for making big splashes at the trade deadline, and instead choose to ride the ship that took them this far. The question is, will the ship have enough steam?