Colorado Rockies: 3 Things You Should Know on February 26
All is right with the world again as the Rockies played their first game of the season beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4. The first game of 2017 for the Rockies was also Ian Desmond’s first game as a Rockie. He had a very solid debut going 3-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Our own Kevin Henry broke down his performance here.
Barring any injuries or Spring Training competitions, this looks like what the starting lineup will look like on Opening Day. This is how the lineup played out.
- Blackmon CF
- LeMahieu 2B
- Gonzalez RF
- Arenado 3B
- Desmond 1B
- Reynolds DH
- Story SS
- Parra LF
- Wolters C
Without a Designated Hitter, expect Story to hit higher in the order. If he cuts down on strikeouts this year, he may well hit in the second spot. He had his own great performance against the Diamondbacks, hitting a home run looking like his old self before his 2016 season ended with a thumb injury.
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It’s funny how much difference a year makes. There is complete certainty of who the starting shortstop will be on Opening Day.
The Rockies play the White Sox and the Diamondbacks today.
Jerry Crasnick, ESPN Senior Writer, profiled the extreme atmospheres that Bud Black has coached in the big leagues starting with the damp coastal air of San Diego and now in the thin air at Coors Field.
Black said that the mantra in Denver is the opposite of what it was in San Diego. In Denver Black said it is make good pitches and don’t walk anybody.
Crasnick profiles well how Bud Black will be the calming voice for this group of rising young pitchers. Black brings a perspective no other Rockies coach ever has and that alone is reason for encouragement for this season and this pitching staff.
Ryan Schoppe of Purple Row compiled the best pictures from the Colorado Rockies photo day. Apparently the player’s received a memo not to smile except Tony Wolters and Jake McGee. Overall, these photos look pretty intimidating.
Next: Colorado Rockies: Ian Desmond Has Solid Debut on Saturday
Schoppe asks what looks better, Charlie Blackmon’s beard or Jon Gray’s hair? Decide for yourself here. Either way, both have hair Vikings would be jealous of.
This story has been updated to include that the Rockies will be playing both the White Sox and Diamondbacks on February 26.