Our simulated Opening Day roster
OK, let’s talk about this for a moment. I’m giving Gonzalez the fifth starter spot based on what he did in September (1.65 ERA and 26 strikeouts with 11 walks in 27.1 innings). This also gives Peter Lambert time in Triple-A to develop a little more.
You will notice that Senzatela and Hoffman are part of the bullpen. The Rockies need to make this happen and to have these two fill a middle relief role makes sense.
Position players (13)
Catchers (2) — Jason Castro, Tony Wolters
Some thoughts here … Hampson can also help in the outfield as he showed last year. Rodgers can start the year in the Majors after a disappointing debut and shoulder surgery ended his season. Dahl can take over in center field with Sam Hilliard able to be called up whenever a boost is needed in any part of the outfield. Desmond is officially the fourth outfielder and comes off the bench against southpaws.
And remember, MLB is going to a 26-man roster next year so we split it down the middle in terms of pitchers and position players.
So what might the Opening Day starting lineup look like in this simulation? How about something like this?
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So what do you think of our simulation, transactions and how the Rockies ended up? Let us know in the comments below!