SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- MLB Network's "30 Clubs in 30 Days" series hones in on the Rockies in an episode set to air at 9 p.m. MT on Tuesday, offering an in-depth look at the Rockies' chances in the National League West.
Series host Greg Amsinger and analysts John Hart and Kevin Millar break down the club, its prospects, its offseason moves and the untapped potential of its young rotation. Key interviews include manager Jim Tracy, Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Cuddyer, Jeremy Guthrie and Dexter Fowler, who is featured in a baserunning demonstration.
According to "30 Clubs in 30 Days," the key to the Rockies will be the balance between such veteran acquisitions as Marco Scutaro, Cuddyer, Casey Blake, Ramon Hernandez and Jamie Moyer and a young pitching staff that will depend on promising players such as Jhoulys Chacin, Drew Pomeranz, Juan Nicasio and Alex White.
The Rockies' successes over the past five years, beginning with their 2007 World Series appearance, have largely been attributed to homegrown players who overachieved and brought the franchise to a higher plane. The club has attempted to address its shortcomings as it prepares for 2012, and "30 Clubs in 30 Days" takes a hard look at how well the organization has positioned itself for lasting success.
"For so long this organization has been based off young players and built from within, and this year we've kind of changed that," Tulowitzki says in the program. "We added some veterans, and they've done a great job of helping me out in the clubhouse. It helps me, because now I get to worry about just playing baseball, and I don't have to police."
Even with a significant infusion of veteran presence and postseason experience, the Rockies' success in 2012 will rely heavily on a new generation of rising pitching talent.
"It's going to come down to starting pitching," Cuddyer says. "You don't know what you're going to get with them, because they're all 22 years old and throw 98 [mph] and have great offspeed stuff, but it's honing that."
"These young arms are going to step up, and we're going to know who they are by the All-Star break," Millar said.
Those who tune in Tuesday should have a head start on knowing the new-look Rockies before the hour is up.