There are some things that we already know will happen 10 days from now when the Colorado Rockies take on the reigning World Series Champion Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field on April 1.
However, there are a lot of things that we don’t yet know heading into the final week or so of spring training games. There are five mainy things to keep an eye on in the final leg of spring training for the Rockies.
1) Will the Rockies have a 13- or 14-man pitching staff?
There are a few things that we have learned about the makeup of the bullpen in recent days but we still do not know whether or not the Rockies will carry a 13- or 14-man pitching staff.
It will hinge on a few different things. Will Tyler Kinley be ready for the regular season? Will they option Kinley to the alternate training site because he has a minor league option when many other guys don’t? Will Scott Oberg be ready for Opening Day? Will the Rockies ride with Carlos Estevez and Jairo Diaz in the bullpen despite their troubles? Will the Rockies carry a long-reliever?
Will Antonio Senzatela be ready for Opening Day? If not, do the Rockies want to carry four starters to start the season since they don’t need a fifth starter until April 10? Will the team decide to carry Greg Bird on their roster? Will they give up on Yonathan Daza?
All of those decisions will factor into whether or not their carry 13 or 14 pitchers on their 26-man roster. That will be a decision that the club will make at late as possible, according to manager Bud Black.