We are just over two weeks from the start of the regular season. The Colorado Rockies start out the 2018 season with seven games on the road, starting March 29 at Arizona.
So, with the season coming up quickly, maybe you are looking at the calendar trying and to decide what games home games you want to attend. Whether you are flying in from out of state or just wanting to plan a trip down I-25, Rox Pile has your guide to some of the series you should witness during the first half of the season at Coors Field.
Colorado Rockies versus the Atlanta Braves (April 6-8)
This series includes the home opener! Enough said. Okay. Fine. I will say a little more.
The Rockies will face off with the Atlanta Braves during the first series of the season at Coors Field. The Braves are coming off a rough offseason. Their former general manager was given a lifetime ban for violating international signing rules. The Braves lost minor leaguers and prospects, among other restrictions. However, Rockies fans will still get to enjoy opening weekend festivities, along with seeing the Rox face off against Freddie Freeman and a lot of young talent playing for the Braves.
Colorado Rockies versus the Chicago Cubs (April 20-22)
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The Cubs coming to Denver will be a barometer series for the Rockies. Fans will see how this Rockies team responds going head-to-head with what is expected to be one of the top two teams in the National League. Last season, the Cubs battled a hangover after winning the World Series in 2016. However, all of that talent still remains. They still made it to the National League Championship Series and, of course, they still have one of the top players in the National League in Kris Bryant. This will a great test for the Rockies, their young pitching staff and the new bullpen corps.
Colorado Rockies versus Los Angeles Angels (May 8-9)
A short, early-season interleague matchup will pit the Rockies versus the Angels in May. While the Angels struggled with injury and consistency last season, they are still quite formidable heading into the 2018 season. Mike Trout might very well be the best player in the game today. Honestly, there is no reason to miss a chance to see him play the game.
Rockies fans will also have the opportunity to see Japanese baseball phenom, Shohei Ohtani. Ohtani is leading the revival of the two-way player, which should be a ton of fun to see play out as well.
Colorado Rockies versus the San Francisco Giants (May 28-30)
The Giants are going the dark horse pick for a National League Wild Card spot by many people this season. The reality seems like this might be more of a bridge year for the Giants. Colorado fans will have the chance to see Rockies re-assert their dominance over their National League West foes. After enduring an absolutely dreadful season in 2017, the Giants went out and made several moves in an effort to moderately improve and position themselves for luxury tax relief. The most notable acquisitions were the trades for Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria. Perhaps that alone is worth a trip to Coors to stare in bewilderment of those two former franchise players in different uniforms.
Colorado Rockies versus the Los Angeles Dodgers (June 1-3)
The Dodgers had the best record in baseball last year. They have one of the top payrolls in the league. They are one of the most complete teams in the league, in terms of depth, young talent, star talent and management. Colorado fans should be out in full force for this series. Every game against the Dodgers is critical if the Rockies truly see themselves as a contender for the National League West title.