Colorado Rockies podcast: It’s time for real baseball!

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 01: Starting pitcher Kyle Freeland #31 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning at Coors Field on September 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Joe Mahoney/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 01: Starting pitcher Kyle Freeland #31 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning at Coors Field on September 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Joe Mahoney/Getty Images) /
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It’s that great time of year when predictions about the Colorado Rockies are in full bloom. This week’s Rockpile Talkpile podcast from our friends at the Rockies Subreddit account sticks right with the forecasting theme of the moment.

In this episode, Zach, John, and Jason run down the last part of spring training, who to look forward to, and, yes, predictions! As the guys say at the start of the podcast, this is the last Rockpile Talkpile without “real baseball” to talk about, so that is a reason to celebrate right there!

Just before the two-minute mark, the guys start talking about superstitions in baseball and discuss which ones they believe in. That includes not talking about a no-hitter after the second inning. There are certain things that can get you banned from the Rockies Subreddit account and mentioning the no-hitter at the wrong time is one of them .

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In simple fashion, there are certain things that Rockies fans should always do, according to the podcast: Wear purple and never discuss anything that could come back to bite the Rockies (like a no-hitter or great performance on the mound in progress). Jon Gray and Kyle Freeland could fall into these scenarios in 2018, according to the crew.

Gray, Freeland and German Marquez are part of the conversation about Colorado’s young pitchers heading into the season. What did the young pitchers (and Colorado’s coaches) learn from last season and how could those lessons impact this season, including young arms possibly wearing down toward the end of the campaign?

One thing that could help Colorado’s young pitchers in 2018 is the “super bullpen” that has been built at 20th and Blake. Maybe Colorado starters only need to go five or six innings at most? Bud Black has leaned on his bullpen during his managing time in San Diego and with Chris Rusin, Jake McGee, Bryan Shaw and Wade Davis at his disposal, that could happen again in 2018.

Next: Previewing Colorado's Opening Day opponent: Arizona Diamondbacks

To listen to this episode of the Rockpile Talkpile, please click here.

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