Colorado Rockies podcast: Roster construction and the NL West
By Kevin Henry
As much as we love to dive into the statistics and try to analyze the moves, at the end of the day, it’s still spring training. That is just one of the thoughts coming out of this week’s podcast from the Colorado Rockies Subreddit group.
Rockies fans are still trying to figure out who will be on the Opening Day roster and which players will be sent to Triple-A to open the campaign. Right now, it is looking like Gerardo Parra and Ian Desmond will hold starting spots that were once thought could be grabbed by Ryan McMahon, David Dahl, Raimel Tapia or Mike Tauchman.
Early in the podcast, the hosts look at Sunday’s Rockies spring training as a potential Opening Day lineup. You can see it by clicking here. The only changes would be at the bottom of the order, with Chris Iannetta replacing Tom Murphy and Jon Gray replacing Sam Howard at catcher and pitcher, respectively.
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Zach, John, Jason, and guest Nate also discuss Colorado’s penchant for stolen bases in spring training and how Tapia has had issues on the bases (way too many pickoffs). Could we be seeing “small ball” come to Coors Field in 2018? It is discussed and debated and you can listen to this week’s podcast by clicking here.
The state of the National League West is also discussed (with a special early shout out to Hunter Pence and remembering last year’s inside-the-park home run by Charlie Blackmon). Of course, things could change dramatically with the Los Angeles Dodgers losing Justin Turner to a broken wrist on Monday night.
Speaking of the Dodgers, the Subreddit group dives into the horrors of having to face Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger for years to come. Of course, Kyle Seager (you know, Corey’s brother) does get props for his Player’s Weekend jersey.
As always, Rox Pile is all about the voice of the fan. Partnering with the Colorado Rockies Subreddit group is an example of that.
Next: Our Rockies roundtable discusses season projections and surprising players
Take a listen to this week’s podcast by clicking here.