Colorado Rockies PSA: It’s still only spring training
After seeing this article from our colleagues at the FanSided page for the San Francisco Giants, Around the Foghorn, we feel the same way that they do.
After yesterday’s 2-2 tie to the Chicago Cubs, the Colorado Rockies’ record remains at 2-4 entering Friday. As you may expect, some of the players have not done well.
Rockies outfielder David Dahl is 0-for-15 in a week of games thus far. First baseman/outfielder Ian Desmond is 0-for-5. Catcher Tom Murphy is 1-for-11. Ace Jon Gray and starter Kyle Freeland are each 0-1 in one start with an ERA of 9.00 after allowing 2 runs in 2 innings.
Some fans (particularly on social media) have the belief that the Rockies will burn in flames and nothing will come good out of the 2018.
However, to me, it seems like some fans are still forgetting one thing: it’s spring training, and it’s the first week of spring training at that.
How often does spring training/preseason games mean anything for teams? In the NFL, the Cleveland Browns went 4-0 in the preseason to go on to an 0-16 record.
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Last season, there were only four teams that were better than the Rockies in the Cactus League…and each and every one of them had a regular season record under .500 (the Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners, San Francisco Giants, and Kansas City Royals).
The second worst team in the Cactus League last year was the Chicago Cubs, and they went on to win the National League Central for a second straight season.
In 2016, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Angels had the top two records in the Cactus League…and neither one of them won more than 74 games. The Cubs had the second worst Cactus League record…and won the World Series.
In other words, spring training does not count. It’s just so players get into the groove of game action again.
Next: 3 players that have stood out this spring
So, fans, as long as players don’t get massive injuries, realize that Spring Training win-loss records and stats mean next to nothing so, take the results with a grain of salt.