Mar 1, 2013; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (2) fields ground balls during batting practice before a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

2013 MLB Preview: Colorado Rockies

First-year manager Walt Weiss is ready to take over the Colorado Rockies after the team’s dreadful season in 2012 that included a franchise-record 98 losses. It’s hard to imagine that just a year ago Weiss was coaching a high school team and now he is going to try to work his magic in the big leagues. The team failed to make any big time moves this offseason, so they will be looking to rely on veteran players coming off of injury to help them improve this season.

While we gear up for the start of the season, FanSided’s Colorado Rockies editor, Hayden Kane of Rox Pile, took some time to answer a few questions and give us some insight on what to expect from the Rockies this season:

Best case: Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez both turn in top-10 MVP campaigns, Jhoulys Chacin and Jorge De La Rosa both stay healthy all season, Todd Helton ends his career with a bang and the Rockies make another crazy run to a Wild Card spot.

Worst case: Tulowitzki misses extended time with an injury again, Helton’s last season is cringe-worthy in its awkwardness, CarGo’s numbers regress even further, the pitching is somehow worse than it was in 2012, and the Rockies lose 100 games.

Likely case: The starting pitching is better because it cannot get much worse. The team responds well to Walt Weiss and, with better health across the roster, is much improved from 2012. Unfortunately improvement in this case still means a sub-.500 record and 4th or 5th place finish in the NL West.

While we should expect the Rockies to show some improvement in 2013, they will still likely fall short of the postseason.

For all your Colorado Rockies news, be sure to stay glued to Rox Pile all season long.

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