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Some big decisions loom for Rockies

Troy E. Renck and Patrick Saunders
The Denver Post
Colorado Rockies Dexter Fowler (L) Yorvit Torrealba (M) and Carlos Gonzalez share a laugh during practice Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. John Leyba, The Denver Post

Last year the Rockies were so hurt, so bad, they briefly played journeyman Doug Bernier at second base. In the clubhouse Monday night, after a stinging playoff exit that left eyes moist and red, the Rockies were so deep that all-stars Jason Marquis and Brad Hawpe were reduced to bench ornaments against the Phillies.

Every offseason begins with questions, but that fact alone addressed the most pertinent: Are the Rockies moving forward? Yes.

“This team should only get better,” pitcher Jorge De La Rosa said. “We have a lot of good players here, and we are young.”

This isn’t to suggest the Rockies should begin planning for a parade down Blake Street next November celebrating a World Series championship. They have flaws hat must be addressed if they are to get deeper into the playoffs. As championship teams go, they don’t work pitchers enough, they strike out way too much and their everyday lineup must improve against left-handed starters. To continue relying on the big hit to camouflage the big whiff is not a great strategy.

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