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Fearless Colorado Rockies opening-day prediction: 72 wins in 2009

On opening day, hope is supposed to spring eternal for Colorado Rockies fans -- and that's certainly the case in some quarters. Among the predictions made by readers on an April 4 Inside the Rockies post are a couple that suggest the Rocks could actually win the National League West, and several more that have them contending for the division crown only to fall just short. I only wish I could be as optimistic. Just because Todd Helton had a great training camp doesn't mean he'll be able to maintain his torrid hitting for the next several months, and the lineup as a whole hardly looks superior to last year's squad, which starred a certain Matt Holliday. Hence, I have them racking up 72 wins -- two shy of their 2008 total -- on their way to another finish far out of the money.

I want to be wrong. I pray that I am. But when it comes to this particular Rockies booster, hope is a rare commodity.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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