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Almonte is one to keep an eye on, as he does have a shot to crack the roster. In 14 2/3 innings last season in Colorado, Almonte posted a 1.84 ERA, and a 2.96 FIP, both well above-average. He is just 24 years old and could provide much-needed depth in the bullpen.
Lawrence is still a few years away, however, shows promise. In High-A last season, Lawrence had a solid 2.65 ERA in 54 1/3 innings and a 27.8% strikeout rate.
The results of spring training games do not matter. Sure, it is fun to see the Rockies win, but they could go 0-for, and it would still be the same. What does matter is the production from the team and how certain guys are performing. With that being said, many positive takeaways for a club looking to earn a third straight postseason berth.
The offense clicked, the pitching stepped up after a rocky start, and despite the hit-by-pitch to Story, the team avoided severe injury which is, of course, the most important thing about these games.
Looking ahead to tomorrow the team has a home matinee against the Seattle Mariners as Jon Gray looks to get his 2019 off on the right foot and keep the Rockies rolling in the desert. For now, Colorado is 1-0.