Colorado Rockies: 3 things to know on March 27
By JD Jensen
We are now exactly one week from the 2017 Colorado Rockies campaign. Baseball fans rejoice! Here’s three things you need to know on March 27.
Promising days for Chatty and Dahl
Tyler Chatwood threw six very encouraging innings in his start against the Padres in which the Rockies won 4-1. He struck out seven and threw 98 pitches for improving his record 2-0 for the Spring. Chatwood looks more than ready, heading into the regular season.
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David Dahl on the other hand will not be ready come Opening Day and could miss most of April after suffering a back injury. But he is slowly but surely making progress coming back from injury. When healthy he is the favorite to secure the starting-left field position.
Jon Gray will play
Last time Gray was on the mound, people speculated he might have aggravated his left toe. According to MLB.com, Gray is just fine and will start the next time he is scheduled. He was removed last start against the Giants because it looked like he was favoring it to protect himself. While Gray is almost certain to start in the rotation barring injury, coach Bud Black will not announce when his first regular season game would be until he has determined what the entire starting rotation would be.
Adames using experience as an asset
The bench job in the MLB is much more important than it is in other sports. You need them to fill in for injured players and pinch hit in close game situations. MLB.com has assured us that Cristhian Adames is doing what he can to get that role.
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Adames was the main backup last season, and plans on using his experience to be back where he was last season. He will not be the most important piece of the Rockies’ puzzle, but every factor counts, and Adames may just be the one to step up when they need him to at the plate.