Forecast: National League preview

5. Colorado Rockies

Jim Bowden: The Rockies are one of the most interesting teams in the National League and perhaps have the best chance of being a surprise team in 2014. Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez are healthy again and make up one of the best back-to-back duos in the game. Nolan Arenado and Wilin Rosario are ready for offensive breakout seasons, and Michael Cuddyer and Justin Morneau definitely have more in the tank. The key to the Rockies will be their starting rotation. They are strong at the top with Jorge De La Rosa, Jhoulys Chacin and Tyler Chatwood. If Brett Anderson and Juan Nicasio can stay healthy and pitch to their potential, the Rockies could be a threat. And if they're in a race in the second half, don't be surprised if rookie starters and top prospects Jonathan Gray and Eddie Butler are promoted as both have the potential of making an impact for the Rockies like Michael Wacha did last year for the Cardinals and Gerrit Cole did for the Pirates.

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN: Colorado faces its age-old problem: piecing together enough pitching to compete for the NL West title. But at least this time around the Rockies appear to have a couple of high-end options on the way in Jon Gray and Eddie Butler. If those two can translate, the Rockies can contend.

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