Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Finally, the Colorado Rockies Spring Training schedule is OVER! It is all but scientifically proven that these mostly March games are completely meaningless. The only true meaning these games have is to tease the answers to some questions that will be asked 1.62 million times during the course of the 2015 season.
The Rockies finished Cactus League play with a 16-16 record after losing their final two games against the Seattle Mariners. What are the chances that 32 games into the 2015 regular season the NL West standings will mirror what they look like today?
- Los Angeles Dodgers 16-11
- San Diego Padres 17-12
- Arizona Diamondbacks 19-14
- Our Rockies 16-16
- San Francisco Giants 13-21
More serious questions that the last few weeks have teased us answers too are the health of superstars Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki. CarGo missed a couple games under the “precautionary” tab but Tulo has looked as healthy as Tulo can be. I believe it’s completely understood that anytime either of these stars grimace, Rockies fans hearts fall into their socks. Outfielder Corey Dickerson has been the batter who missed the most time due to injury but was able to take the field for the final two games.
Now in regards to any questions most had about the Rockies pitching staff:
On March 20th, our Rockies lost the services of staff ace Jorge De La Rosa which in turn led to the news that off-season acquisition Kyle Kendrick would be our opening day starter. JDLR is hopeful to be back on April 14th (even that date is in doubt now). I’m hopeful that is also around the time Jon Gray returns to the club. According to manager Walt Weiss, Gray was reassigned to Triple A ball to:
"“tighten up some of the finer points”"
It’s never a good thing when on the last day of spring training your starting pitcher is pitching for his spot in the rotation and gives up 5 runs. Heck, Eddie Butler even balked in the game to toy that much more with the fragile hopes being placed upon him.
Jordan Lyles and Christian Bergman both got rocked in their final tune-up starts after fairly strong months of March, maybe that’s why pessimism is a tad higher than it should be when it comes to the starting rotation. All hail Tyler Matzek??
I have one more question for you and I’ll let my inner wrestling geek ask you: