Dick Monfort and Chris Bryant of the Rockies seem upbeat. Do they have to be?

You have to hand it to Dick Monfort. He is not afraid to put himself on one of his limbs.

On Friday, after Kris Bryant signed a $182 million contract, the Rockies owner said, “We are so excited to have Kris with us for the next seven years, and to help us win this elusive World Series we’ve all been looking for.”

Twittersphere went the mile.

But instead of jumping into the doomsday fire along with everyone else, I will accept a more optimistic — some might say illusory — view of the future of the Rockies. I’m not saying they’re on the cusp of a world championship, but with six National League teams making the playoffs, it wouldn’t take a Rocktopper prodigy to achieve post-season.

So what needs to happen to Rookie 2022 to make the playoffs? Here is my list:

* Bryant needs to match (or surpass) his 2019 season with the Cubs when he hit 0.282 and fired 31 times at home.

*Charlie Blackmon should, long time, have rebounded from his lackluster 2021 season when he hit just 0.270 and crushed 0.411. It should be more productive down the road. Of his 13 home brows, 11 came to Corsfield.

*Ryan McMahon needs to replicate his Golden Glove level of play at third base, boosting his ops from .779 to about .850 and increasing his hit rate from .254 to around .265.

* Look for a central player – whether it’s Sam Hilliard, Rimmel Tapia or Garrett Hampson – who can cover a lot of ground and consistently produce on the plate. Remember that Bryant is 30 years old and Blackmon is 36 years old on July 1st. And they’ll need help covering the vast area of ​​Coors Field.

* Receive, if not repeat the performance of first man CJ Cron, then at least a reasonable fax. Crohn hit 28 Homer and led in 92 runs last season and finished seventh in the National League by .375 on a percentage basis and was ninth in OPS (.905 OPS) and slow (.530).

*As a team, the Rockies should hit better on the road, and win more matches away from Coors Field. Scoring a 26-54 road he won’t get it done. The road hit average would not be 0.217, which was the worst in franchise history and the lowest by a major league team in an entire season since the Chicago White Sox hit 0.909 on the road in 1972.

*Some players, likely second baseman Brendan Rodgers, or quarterback Connor Joe, need a break season.

* Starting turnover, Colorado’s best asset, must remain healthy. There is not enough quality depth to withstand lost starts.

* German right-hander Marquez, a first-time All-Star last season, must take his style to the next level. In other words, he needs to become an ace. Marquis was exciting in Coorsfield (8-3, 3.67 ERA, .214 opponents average, nine home runs), but bad on the road (4-8, 5.38, .277, 12).

* The rest of the alternates – left-backs Kyle Freeland and Austin Jumper, right-back Antonio Cinzatella – should repeat seasons. Or do a better job.

*The Colorado Bullpen has some potential, and the addition of right-hand Alex Colomé as soon as possible was a clever addition by General Manager Bill Schmidt. The main mitigators, in my book, would be Colomé, Carlos Estevez, Daniel Bard, Jules Chasin, Jordan Sheffield, and the interesting boy Lucas Gilbreth.

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