2024 Division Outlook: NL West

One league and four total divisions down, leaving us with two more divisions to go. The 2024 season has begun and we'll continue to preview each of the six divisions that make up Major League Baseball. It's time to preview and highlight the five squads that make up the National League West, another seemingly ultra-competitive division in 2024.
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Colorado Rockies

Elias Díaz, Nolan Jones
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Key Additions
- RHP Cal Quantrill
- RHP Dakota Hudson
- C Jacob Stallings
- LHP Jalen Beeks

Key Loses
- RHP Chris Flexen
- LHP Brent Suter

Ah, the lovely Colorado Rockies. The Rockies do exist in the NL West, but won't be nearly as competitive as the other four teams that inhabit the NL West. Due to the Rockies being the Rockies and the state they are in, I won't take too much time talking about them.

The Rockies lineup has a few bright spots, but they do play 81 game sin Coors Field, allowing anyone to have a strong offensive season. Headlined by 2023 breakout Nolan Jones, Colorado's lineup has got some work to do. In only 106 games last season, Jones posted a .931 OPS and finished fourth for National League Rookie of the Year. He also has an elite arm, posting an arm strength of 98.9 mph, putting him in the 100th percentile last year. The Rockies will enter year three of the anomaly that is the Kris Bryant contract, as they hope to get any offensive value from him. Veterans Charlie Blackmon, Ryan McMahon, Elias Diaz make up a third of their linuep, as they hope to provide some stability in Denver. The rest of Colorado's offensive attack will consist of young players trying to prove themselves as Major League players, including Brendan Rodgers, Ezequiel Tovar, Michael Toglia, and Brenton Doyle.

Colorado's lowlight will once again be their pitching, as their rotation includes Kyle Freeland, Cal Quantrill, Austin Gomber, Ryan Feltner, and Dakota Hudson. None of those names jump off the page at all, but Gomber and Feltner can hopefully develop into potential pieces for Colorado's future pitching staff. Colorado's closer looks to be Justin Lawrence, who turned in a strong 2023 season and is looking to build off that this year. Outside of those names, I really can not say much else about Colorado's pitching, so let's just leave the Rockies review at that.

Team MVP: Nolan Jones

Team Cy Young: Austin Gomber?? (No one to be honest)

Team X-Factor: It doesn't matter but Brendan Rodgers

The Nationals will travel to Coors Field for three games from June 21-23, and host Colorado for three games from August 20-22.