It's that time of year Rockies fans - Jhoulys Chacin is in the best shape of his life! Michael Cuddyer has a colorful new motto for Colorado this year (Chemistry! Toughness! Magic!), Walt Weiss expects great things from Todd Helton, and Carlos Gonzalez is entering his prime. Hey, the Rockies will even have two nationally televised games on Fox. In other words, spring training optimism is in the air. And who can blame them? It's always fun to look on the bright side of life.

Of course, there are some dark clouds - three lefties (Christian Friedrich, Edwar Cabrera, Erick Threets) are behind schedule due to various maladies. Various off-season power rankings have the Rockies among the bottom five teams in baseball. But still, the balance of spring training news is positive. And that's fine - even if I don't think the Rockies will break 80 wins this year, it's nice to envision the possibility of them doing so.

With that said, the starting rotation improving to a competitive group this season still seems like a reach at this point. Leave aside the fact that the Rockies are counting on a man who missed a year and a half to be their number 2 starter for a minute. That's another article all in itself. At least Jorge De La Rosa has a track record as a potentially great pitcher when healthy.