Rockies are a true contender

Improved defense, unexpected contributions key to Colorado's fast start

Updated: May 3, 2014, 9:46 PM ET
By Scott Spratt | ESPN Insider

Troy TulowitzkiAP Photo/Barry GutierrezTroy Tulowitzki and the Rockies lead MLB with 28 GFP/DME runs saved this season.

It has been a long seven years for the Colorado Rockies since their incredible run to the 2007 World Series, which featured a stretch of 21 wins out of 22 games and consecutive sweeps of the Phillies and Diamondbacks in the NLDS and the NLCS. Since then, the Rockies have reached the playoffs just once, and in the past two seasons they finished last in the NL West. With all of the major additions the Dodgers have made since their sale in 2012 and the Giants' affinity for even-year magic, the Rockies were generally written off before the season began. After the first month of the season, it's time to reconsider.

Scott Spratt

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