Spring Training Notes

Spring Training Notes

I went to the Brewers game on Saturday and Angels game on Sunday.  Here are my observations in no particular order.

I think Garrett Hampson is the dark horse candidate to make the team as the super utility with Patty Barrels and Sean O’Malley out of action.

Ryan McMahon is carrying himself well acting like he’s been there many years.  A very confident man and he will be on OD roster starting at 1B.  He has fielded his position very well.

Brendan Rodgers is ready for AAA and almost the majors, but not quite ready for The Show.  Hampson is more polished for the utility role.

Raimel Tapia has looked real good in the outfield, but he has been a disappointment at the plate and on the base paths.  He’s on a pace to set the Rockies’ ST record for most TOOTBLANs.

Trevor Story is still showing his power, but he keeps getting way out front on sliders.  Needs to learn how to not sit on one pitch and be ready for either heaters or soft pitches.

Brian Mundell – his power is real; still need to see more of him to see if he’s an all around player.  He hit the ball practically out of the stadium 100 feet foul.

Dan Castro is not the answer as the utility man on the bench when the Rockies gave him a chance.

David Dahl is going to be OD starter.  What rust are we talking about?

Ian Desmond is a major disappointment so far;  I hope he finds his groove before OD.

In my unqualified judgement, Mike Tauchmann is the best fit for lead off role if Chuck_Nazty is not going to be in the one hole.

Noel Cuevas impressed me, even more so than Tapia.

Tom Murphy is still striking out way too often.  Anthony BemBOOM could, might surpass him on the depth chart.  I don’t know how Bemboom’s game calling is.

Pitchers, both starters and relievers, are doing pretty good considering it’s spring training.  It’s the garbage relievers that have been looking terrible such as Zac Rosscup and James Farris.  I’m not sure why I haven’t seen Jairo Diaz yet.

Anybody else make their observations, just put them in comments below.  Enjoy spring time!

Cactus League games and back field observations

rockymountainhigh

Hometown - Champaign, IL College - Northern Illinois University, 1988 Sports Editor for my high school newspaper. Travels frequently - I can be found anywhere in the world.

57 Comments

    • Agbayani

      March 7, 2018

      RMH, good insight, and I’m liking the excitement that’s brewing for 2018!
      Tulo: not expected to be ready on opening day. This time it’s “bone spurs.” Say what you will about the O’Dowd Era, but you’ll have to admit he did one great thing – he drafted Tulo when many had him lower on the draft board. Say what you will about Bridich so far, but he’s done one great thing – he traded Tulo. Sure, we had to live with the Jose Reyes contract for a few years. But that’s now off the books, and that’s the main reason why Wade Davis is here. (We’ll ignore the fact that it’s also why Ian Desmond is here) When Tulo left and Trevor Story won the job, I think our best case scenario was that Story would be roughly 80% the player that Tulo is – Story has his flaws, but there’s no doubt which one is the better player right now, and Story’s curve is still headed in the right direction.

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      • roxnsox

        March 7, 2018

        5 stars, Ag. (And here’s what I will say: FC!)

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    • sdcarp

      March 8, 2018

      RMH – I agree with you regarding Tauchman, I think he makes the team, and contributes.

      During my Phoenix long weekend , I was on a quest to see as many “Prospects” as possible (from all teams). One that I really wanted to see, but missed, was Luis Castillo. He’ll be the SP today for the Reds, against the Rockies. Should be fun.

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    • Agbayani

      March 8, 2018

      Tauchman is certainly getting a long, long look in the first half of Spring Training. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if he makes the club. His main problem on this team? He’s left handed. What I’d love to see: Brendan Rodgers in the Pat Valaika role to start the season, then optioned down when Valaika comes back. I know teams don’t like to do that, but I’m getting very intrigued – is it time to move Rodgers ETA up to at least All Star Break 2018?

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    • sdcarp

      March 8, 2018

      We just got CARGOed. So much for Tauchman’s chance.

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    • Agbayani

      March 8, 2018

      Ouch, Carp. Cargo? Why? If they wanted to go for the aging vet who might have a Coors dead cat bounce, why not Jose Bautista? He’s right handed. Not much place in this lefty-heavy OF/1B lineup for Cargo unless it’s in a loose platoon with Desmond (Cargo is still acceptable vs. righties, or at least “probably better than Desmond against righties”), but Black feels major Bridich-pressure to keep 70 million dollar man Desmond in the lineup.
      On a totally unrelated point: great story up on ESPN’s website about Ichiro’s last dance. I had no idea he was this intense, this obsessive about baseball. Really a fascinating read. Main takeaway: it would be wrong to say he “enjoys” the game. It’s more of a compulsion to overcome it. I remember years ago reading an interview with Carl Yazstremski – a childhood idol – in which he said something similar about never really enjoying playing baseball, but viewing it as a challenge he felt compelled to overcome everyday. That shocked me when I was younger. We like to think of our athlete heroes as people who have the joy of playing a kid’s game and getting rich and famous from doing it. But for every exuberant Cargo there’s a brooding Tulo.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      March 8, 2018

      There goes all the young outfielders blocked again. Blackmon, CarGo, Desmond, and Parra. That leaves only one OF spot for a young guy like Dahl.

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      • sdcarp

        March 8, 2018

        And this “might” be OK if we parlayed Tapia and Patterson and Tauchmann, etc. (some combination of players similar to this) into a player we needed via trade. Bridich has shown a real knack of picking minor league pitching talent (Marquez and Almonte come to mind immediately). But…..I don’t see the Rockies doing this.

        Ag’s comment above regarding Bautista is spot-on. More or less the same player as far as we know, but RHed….which we can use. Matt Holliday is probably even better.

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      • roxnsox

        March 9, 2018

        This was my instantaneous reaction (well, after “Whaaaat?!… oh no”). I wonder if Bridich is concerned about Dahl long term.

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    • sdcarp

      March 9, 2018

      Lets attempt to look at the Cargo signing objectively:

      1. Signing Cargo over someone like Matt Holliday or Lucas Duda is a vote of confidence for Ryan McMahon. Am I correct in saying Desmond has yet to play 1B this ST? 1B appears to be McMahon’s (a good thing IMO).
      2. As far as we know, Parra hasn’t resumed baseball activities following his hamate bone surgery, Realistically, from the time we hear that he’s cleared, it will take 3-4 weeks. It’s to the point where he’ll need some minor league at bats. So…..there is a temporary vacant spot on the roster.
      3. David Dahl, while being healthy, does appear “baseball” rusty. It’s not unreasonable to assume he’ll need 100 minor league ABs to get back into the baseball groove.

      Where does this leave us? Desmond/Blackmon/Tauchman/Tapia/Cargo in the OF for the first few weeks in April. I realize I’m probably in the Rockies cyberspace fandom minority……but I remain a Tapia non-believer. So, if Cargo is fit and healthy, he’s got a short term spot, minimum.

      If I’m Bridich, I’m crossing one set of fingers that Parra shows well in a few AAA rehab games and simultaneously a couple of other teams break Camp with an OFer deficit. Then, I eat half of Parra’s salary and pedal him to one of those teams for an 18 YO long shot pitching Prospect. Don’t be greedy. Look up the definition of “sunk cost.” Look up the definition of “opportunity cost.” Be humble.

      Then, (if I’m Bridich) I’m crossing my second set of fingers and hoping like hell Desmond can be a solid player in 2018. My May (and beyond) vision is a Desmond/Cargo platoon in RF, with Dahl in LF, and Nazty in CF.

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      • rockymountainhigh

        March 9, 2018

        I think you are underestimating Parra’s return from injury. He’s already swinging bat in batting cage. It is expected that he will play in ST starting this weekend. He won’t need AAA rehab time.

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        • sdcarp

          March 9, 2018

          RMH – I caught the Parra “swinging a bat news” not 15 minutes after I wrote my comment. Damn it…..there goes a perfectly good theory down the drain!

          I don’t like Cargo and Parra together. Honestly….I don’t like either, but I can live with one. If I had to choose one, I’d choose Cargo because his upside/ceiling is higher.

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    • jimboelrod

      March 9, 2018

      I agree with Bob K, I think this was a signing to appease Arenado and may pay dividends beyond 2019 for that reason.

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    • Agbayani

      March 9, 2018

      Good comments all around on Cargo. In a vacuum, I don’t hate this at all. But Carp is right: his skill set (and the skills he’s now lacking at his age) are almost an exact duplicate of Parra’s. You really don’t want to use 2 OF roster spots for those 2 guys. Parra had a nice season and is a useful player – deal him. And again, the lefty-heavy thing – I forgot Matt Holliday is still out there. That would have been a really interesting “legacy” signing. It’s as if Bridich hasn’t really studied the divisional opponents. Dodgers: 4 (count ’em, 4) lefty starters, and they’re the best 4 (Kershaw, Hill, Wood, Ryu). Giants: 2 lefty starters, including their ace. D’backs: 2 lefty starters, including their best (Ray; it’s not Greinke anymore) and Rockie-Killer Corbin. Padres: umm, 1 or 2, neither is good, but Clayton Richard is probably the closest and he’s a lefty. These days you play divisional opponents 19 times each … we need a right handed bat!

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      • sdcarp

        March 10, 2018

        All…..correct. Robbie Ray is now light years ahead of Greinke.

        Regarding Holliday…..he’s played a little bit of 1B and is obviously RHed. But here’s where we absolutely blew it:
        Cargo – 1 YR, 8M, OFer. LHed.
        Todd Frazier – 2 YR, 17M, Has some legit 1B experience. RHed.

        IMO – missing Frazier sunk our playoff chances.

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    • sdcarp

      March 10, 2018

      The (potential) worst by-product of the Cargo signing? Moving Nazty back to leadoff. The guys in my Fantasy League (scattered throughout the country – not Rockies fans) were clamoring over this fact last night. Nazty is currently in contract year #2 for $51 in our League. Batting 3rd, an Owner may have (in fact – likely) kept him going into our Auction, Even at that huge salary cap level ($260 cap…..25 players). But if a move back to leadoff occurs, he’ll be dropped back in the pool, and can be had for $40-$45.

      Much to the chagrin of many, high level Fantasy mirrors real baseball pretty darn well.

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    • Julian

      March 10, 2018

      It’s been a while. I don’t love the Cargo signing, but maybe it makes sense for the following reasons: there’s a clubhouse benefit that we don’t appreciate from the outside; Tapia still have some things to learn (such as how to steal bases) and could stand to spend part of one more season at AAA; Dahl looks rusty, although with some power and could stand to spend some time in AAA; Desmond looks terrible; and Parra is coming off of the injury. So, sign Cargo, and have Tauchman make the opening day roster, and let Dahl and Tapia start in AAA. And, yes, McMahon is our starter at first. I have no idea who we drop from the 40 man roster. Are there any candidates to go on the 60 day injury list?

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      • Bob K.

        March 12, 2018

        No DFA for Cargo’s activation. Rayan Gonzalez who had Tommy John surgery in 2017 has been added to the 60 day DL.

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    • Agbayani

      March 11, 2018

      Cargo being reported as getting a 1 year/$8 million deal. Which is about $4 million more than I expected him to get. What, we had $8 million sitting around and decided the best use for it was on Cargo? Lance Lynn, perfectly acceptable starter (who may return to post-TJ form, in which case he would project as our best starter) just got $12 million for one year. I’m starting to hate this signing again. It’s just disappointing since everything is coming together the way it should for the 2018 Rockies, but with about $35-40 million committed to, frankly, stupid free agent signings the last 3 seasons (Parra, Desmond, Cargo), some key needs are going unaddressed.

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      • rockymountainhigh

        March 12, 2018

        What if CarGo perform the whole year like he did in the final month last year? I think it’s really $5M with $3M in incentives. So it’s a cheap contract like Holland had last year. My only complaint is that it blocks a young outfielder like Tapia or Dahl as we have 4 veterans already (Blackmon, Parra, Desmond, CarGo). My biggest fear is McMahon won’t get full playing time.

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        • roxnsox

          March 13, 2018

          Big “what if,” RMH. What if he hasn’t learned to stop flailing at low and outside pitches, for one thing?

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          • rockymountainhigh

            March 13, 2018

            Yes, I’m worried about the flailings. I’m hoping he figured that out for the new year.

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    • Bob K.

      March 12, 2018

      This is amusing to me. The deal that the Rockies signed Wade Davis for was first offered to Greg Holland. Holland turned it down and now the Scott Boras client still is unsigned and has a very poor likelihood of anyone offering him a similar contract.

      The Rockies apparently offered Jonathan Lucroy a 3 year deal for $21MM. When he turned it down, they signed Iannetta. Lucroy just signed with the Athletics for a one year deal and $6.5MM.

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    • Bob K.

      March 12, 2018

      Rockies players shown as out of options are Chris Rusin and Zac Rosscup. Showing Rusin as out of options is meaningless since he is one of the finest bullpen arms in the MLB. Rosscup is a different matter. He has potential as a Loogy. He is very good at getting left handed batters out but should never be used to face a right handed batter.

      https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/03/mlb-players-out-of-options-2018.html

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      • rockymountainhigh

        March 12, 2018

        I’m not sure if we have room in the bullpen for Rosscup. Davis, Shaw, McGee, Dunn, Otto, Oberg, Rusin – that’s seven right there. 8th spot probably goes to Estevez or Diaz.

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    • Agbayani

      March 13, 2018

      Epic Flail: Ian Desmond, 3 ABs today, 3 Ks. 2 for 28 for the spring. Is it just because I follow the Rockies so I notice it, or are some of our hitters at the farthest end of the “streaky” spectrum? I mean, Desmond (he’s done this before), Story, Cargo in recent years … I’ll have to see if anyone keeps a streaky stat.
      Meanwhile: Dahl – HR and SB today. I haven’t seen him play since last season’s injury, but it sure seems like he’s fine. He needs to be an almost-everday starter. McMahon too. This offense needs some additional punch over last year, and those 2 guys are our best bets to provide it.

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      • Bob K.

        March 13, 2018

        Agree that sitting on the bench would not be good for Dahl or McMahon. Desmond has looked bad all spring.

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    • sdcarp

      March 13, 2018

      I’ll confess that I’m really torn at the moment regarding my “official” 2018 Rockies record prediction. For positives, I see:
      1. Natural maturation of young SPers.
      2. Some incremental gains in the BP.
      3. Cautiously optimistic McMahon is on the way to winning the 1B job.
      4. Dahl’s health is good, and he appears to be getting into baseball “sync.”
      5. I believe we’ll see a solid Story bounce back.

      For negatives I see:
      1. The resigning of Cargo instead of a RHed power bat. Todd Frazier was a realistic target. I think this “delta” is big.
      2. Desmond’s continued funk.
      3. The fact that Nazty and NoDo were injury free in 17…..just seems unlikely that will occur again.
      4. The strengthening of some of our key WC competitors. Milwaukee. SF at least for 18. I now rate Philly as legit. Only Arizona, by losing JD Martinez, may have back-pedaled a bit (although I believe the Souza and Boxberger signings were solid). Also…..SD is coming like a freight train. They won’t contend this year. But the young talent they have is unbelievable. Cincinnati will also be quite a bit better this year.

      I’m seeing a scenario where we’re a marginally better team, but lose a few more games due to the (increased) competition.

      Official prediction coming soon.

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    • Bob K.

      March 16, 2018

      Finally something good from Ian Desmond. With the Rockies trailing 3-0, Desmond led off the 2nd inning with a home run. Later in the 2nd inning with the Rockies leading 7-3, Desmond hit a second solo home run to make it 8-3. Arenado also had a 3 eun homer in the 2nd inning.

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      • roxnsox

        March 16, 2018

        Great to hear, Bob! Desmond AND the rest of them – in one inning!

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    • Bob K.

      March 17, 2018

      Remember Sam Moll? Moll was DFAed by the Rockies and ended up with the Athletics. They eventually DFAed him and he was claimed by the Pirates. The next team that got him was the Mariners. The Mariners DFAed him and he has now been claimed by the Blue Jays. This all started just last fall when he was still a Rockies.

      https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2018/03/blue-jays-claim-sam-moll.html

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    • Agbayani

      March 18, 2018

      Bumgarner today vs. the Rox: 6 IP, 1 H (Story), 5 K. I think he’s still got it. And our regular season-esque lineup featured 3 lefthanded hitters – Cargo, Parra, Blackmon – obviously none of them did anything vs. Bumgarner. This is why we needed a righthanded corner bat! And I don’t mean Ian Desmond. (To be fair, Charlie has handled lefties pretty well the last couple years; the others, not so much)

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      • sdcarp

        March 24, 2018

        Shark is out also (even though he’s turned out to be more of a cartoon Shark). Losing two of your starting 5, when having no depth, is tough (duh).

        sdcarp’s NL stock watch:
        1. Philly up. Way up. This is my NL “Surprise” team.
        2. Cincinnati solid up.
        3. San Francisco down.
        4. San Diego up.
        5. Daniel Murphy……down.
        6. Aaron Nola…….up.
        7. Luis Castillo……up.

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        • Bob K.

          March 24, 2018

          On a scary note, Detroit released Alexi Amarista. I really hope he finds a home somewhere other than the Rockies.

          Looking really bad for the Rockies to get the higher possible draft compensation for Greg Holland signing. If he lasts past draft day, they will not get any compensatory pick.

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    • roxnsox

      March 25, 2018

      Guys and girls – when are the final cuts due? I’m bummed about Dahl but I do understand the reasoning (regular playing time). He’s the only player I’ve read about in the last couple days. It’s great to have so many other guys worthy of at least a bench/PH/part-time role. The bits I’ve caught on TV have showed me that our team is good – and ready. Good and ready.

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      • Bob K.

        March 25, 2018

        Opening day for everyone is March 29. The final cuts can happen anytime before the 29th.

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      • rockymountainhigh

        March 25, 2018

        Jairo Diaz optioned to Albuquerque. Harrison Musgrave, Brooks Pounders, and Dan Castro reassigned to minor league camp.

        According to @RockiesPR there are 31 players remaining in the Major League Spring Training. There were three NRIs remaining as of Saturday, but assuming the aforementioned three players reassigned today, there appears to be no NRI remaining.

        Off my head, Raimel Tapia and Mike Tauchman are fighting for the fourth and/or fifth OF spots. Pat Valaika and Ryan McMahon for IF spots. Tom Murphy and Tony Wolters battling for C backup. Pitchers in the hunt are Senzatela, Hoffman (likely going to AAA or DL), Estevez (likely AAA or DL), Zac Rosscup, and German Marquez (likely in rotation) are battling for #5 SP and/or bullpen #8 (Davis, McGee, Shaw, Otto, Oberg, Dunn, and Rusin are likely the seven in bullpen).

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      • Bob in WV

        March 26, 2018

        On a selfish note, I was really hoping to see David Dahl in Pittsburgh and get his autograph on his first MLB batting practice home run ball, which I got in Baltimore a couple of years ago. Some day it will happen!

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    • rockymountainhigh

      March 25, 2018

      I’m guessing:
      OF: Blackmon, Parra, CarGo, Tauchman (Tapia needs to play everyday, Tauchman doesn’t)
      IF: Arenado, Story, DJLM, Desmond, Valaika, McMahon
      C: Ianetta and Wolters
      SP: Gray, Anderson, Freeland, Bettis, Marquez
      BP: Davis, McGee, Shaw, Otto, Oberg, Dunn, Rusin, and Rosscup (out of options and Senza a little time in AAA building up SP innings so he can be effective swingman)

      First pitchers up from ABQ when needed: Hoffman, Senzatela, Jairo Diaz, Estevez

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      • roxnsox

        March 27, 2018

        The little I saw of Otto, he looked the same – pretty wild. Ouch. Is it time to uncross our fingers on his return to form?

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    • sdcarp

      March 27, 2018

      Whoa….the season has snuck up on us!

      Here’s my 2018 prediction:

      79-83

      Here’s why:
      1. We have done nothing, absolutely nothing, to address our Achilles heel – offense. In fact, we’ve doubled down on aging, regressing players. This will cost a few wins off our 87 win total from 2017.
      2. I have maintained that we were very lucky in 2017 to get full, uninjured seasons from our two superstars – Natzy and Arenado. Hopefully that will happen again, but “hope” isn’t a good strategy. I’m knocking off a few more wins because of a little more down time from these two.
      3. I thought Greg Holland was a smoke and mirrors show in 2017. Very lucky in the whole (his luck was ending by late season as we all know). I think Wade Davis is a better pitcher – but if Davis has “average” luck…..his results will be no better than Holland’s. So…..better Closer, but likely same results at best = push at best, more likely a negative one to 2 games.
      4. Other pieces of the Pen are about the same = push.
      5. Young SPers will have one year of maturation. Perhaps Jon Gray will push 200 IP. But the League will also adjust to these young pitchers. End result = push.
      6. Bench = really hard to say. Depends on who ends up on the bench. If the bench is Cargo, Desmond, Vailaka, and Wolters/Murphy by June…..then I’m optimistic (translation – Dahl and McMahon will be playing everyday). The potential is here for the bench to be better. But I’ll believe it when I see it. Push.
      7. Increased WC competition level. Brewers = better than 17. Giants = better than 17. Phillies = much better than 17. DBacks = I think we’ll see a little regression there. Cardinals = about the same as 17. Not quite WC level, but Reds are better. Not quite 500 level, but coming on like a freight train, the Padres.
      8. Intangibles – I believe Story rebounds nicely, so I’ll give us a game or two to the positive for that. I want to believe Desmond will rebound, but I’m skeptical.

      In the end, I’m knocking off 3-4 games for lack of offensive improvement (or even regression), 2-3 games for Natzy/Arenado missing a few games, perhaps a game or 2 for not having Holland’s luck but adding a game or 2 back for a Story rebound, then knocking off one to 2 for increased competition level, especially in the NL West.

      End result = 79-83

      Prove me wrong Rockies.

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    • Bob K.

      March 27, 2018

      The Rockies 25 man roster currently has 28 players on it. It appears that Hoffman, Estevez and Rosscup will all open the season on the 10 day DL which leaves 25 on the 25 man roster.

      http://rockiesroster.com/rockies/active/

      McMahon and Tauchman have made the opening day roster as backups. In my opinion McMahon needs to be playing every day and may well be doing so.

      Desmond is listed as an outfielder and according to Harding is expected to be an every day outfielder while Parra and Tauchman are the bench warmers.

      Wolters is the backup catcher since Murphy has been optioned to AAA.

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    • Bill

      March 28, 2018

      It’s snowing out so it must be time for Opening Day. I’ve been busy with other things this past winter but will try to stay more active this year. I guess I’m in the minority here but I really think we needed a left-handed power hitter more than a right-handed one. Blackmon is left-handed but Nolan and Story are right-handed. Ianetta with some power is right-handed. Desmond with some power is right-handed. Parra with some power is left-handed but Cargo is left-handed. And in my humble opinion is a much better fielder than Holliday ever was. Matt was basically a DH last year. Played 1st a little bit but not very well. I think he played in left-field once and misplayed perhaps the only ball that came his way. Do we get the Cargo of September or the Cargo of April and May? Do we get the Desmond who has been an All-Star at two different positions or the Desmond of 2017? Love it. And I will hopefully have my home office reconfigured by this weekend so I can watch the Rockies while working.

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    • Agbayani

      March 29, 2018

      83-79. I think we’ve got a competitive team, and just like last year if a few things break right we’ll be right in the wild card race. Every year some clear divisional favorite collapses – maybe it’ll be the Dodgers this year? That’s what it would take for any other NL West team to take the division. Right now, the only divisional race worth watching would be Red Sox-Yankees in the AL East. Nats/Cubs/Dodgers/Indians/Astros are all on the order of 8-10 game favorites to win their divisions.
      As for the Rockies: Roxnsox, you make me doubt my Ottavino bounceback prediction, but for now I’ll stick to it. Obviously the bullpen is improved, and it really ought to be the best in the NL. I also like the rotation. I think Gray takes another step forward, and if healthy I love the lefties (Freeland and Anderson) as Jeff Francis types. Maybe a little more prime Jorge DLR for Freeland. Marquez may also emerge as a true front end of the rotation guy, and Bettis is solid as a rock. But that lineup … it isn’t purely a lefty/righty thing, Bill, even though I know I’ve harped on that. The big problem is this: Bridich did a great job putting this team in a position to win now, but then really blew it with the unforced error that is the 3-headed corner outfielder/first baseman we’ll call Gerarlos Desgozlez – 40 million bucks total salary this year for Cargo/Parra/Desmond, and we project as having the WORST combined production from LF-RF-1B in all of baseball. That may change if McMahon and Dahl play and perform (I think Dahl is being optioned for arbitration clock reasons – I think he got credited with a full year of MLB service for the lost season last year – I’d expect him to join the big league team by early June), but that’s a ton of money for weak performance, and that’s even with somewhat bounceback seasons from Cargo and Desmond (Parra will likely regress in the other direction). I don’t really understand the “we’re putting the old band back together” thing with Cargo resigning and Parra not being traded since the “old band” was, if I remember correctly, a loser bar band that always came in last …
      … so maybe McMahon grabs the 1B job, maybe the Rox start hot, and maybe Bridich is given the cash to make a deal or two to fix that lineup. For now, I’ll go with what I consider to be an optimistic 83-79 prediction. And I’ll be there tonight for opening day in Arizona!

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      • roxnsox

        March 29, 2018

        Represent, Ag! (Love it – the loser bar band that never was worth getting back together :-))

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    • Jeem

      March 29, 2018

      New Opening Day piece up in “News.”

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