2) Will the Rockies carry a left-handed reliever in the bullpen?
The Rockies optioned Philip Diehl and Ryan Rolison on Monday so neither of them will make the Rockies Opening Day roster. However, manager Bud Black indicated on Monday that the Rockies are still looking at Ben Bowden and Lucas Gilbreath for the Opening Day roster.
Neither one of them have made their MLB debuts but the Rockies are still looking at them to make their bullpen on Opening Day.
This could also hinge on the first question: Will the Rockies have a 13- or 14-man pitching staff?
3) Who will be the Opening Day starter for the Rockies?
We suspect that the Rockies Opening Day starter will be German Marquez but the Rockies are one of 14 teams (as of Monday night) that have not officially named their Opening Day starter.
The Rockies opponent on Opening Day, the Dodgers, are one of the 16 teams that has named their Opening Day starter.
For the Rockies, it almost assuredly will be German Marquez since he was their Opening Day starter last year and he had, arguably, the best season of the four guaranteed starters (Antonio Senzatela included, even if he’s not ready for Opening Day) but since the Rockies haven’t officially named an Opening Day starter, that is still a mystery.