Today is opening day and tomorrow the Rockies open up their 2017 season. For what seems like the first time in a long time, the Rockies start with more positives than negatives, at least that’s the way it felt before the injury trouble. With Ian Desmond, David Dahl, Tom Murphy, Chad Bettis, and Chris Rusin all on the shelf to start the season, the Rockies come out of spring with an already depleted lineup and staff.
There is still a lot to look forward to though and that will keep fans engaged through the first month. Can Trevor Story pick up where he left off? Will the Rockies young staff pitch as they are expected to? Will the bullpen additions be enough or will it be the reason for missing the playoffs? There are certainly things to keep an eye on and the biggest has to be the starting staff.
With Jon Gray opening up the year and poised to break out as an ace, the Rockies may finally have developed a pitcher that can lead a staff to greatness. Along with Gray, Tyler Anderson, Tyler Chatwood, and rookies Kyle Freeland and Antonio Senzatela, will try and create success. The ceiling for all of these young pitchers is high, but with high ceilings come struggles that can plague a young staff. If the pitchers can exceed the expectations that come along with young guys, the Rockies may very well have a good change at and in the playoffs.
The lineup is almost certainly going to produce. With guys like Blackmon and LeMahieu at the top, and the power trio of Cargo, Arenado, and Story in the middle, there will be lots of runs, home runs, RBIs, and hits. Hitting on the road will be the biggest key for the Rockies as they normally do well at home, but can be cursed with downward steaks away from Coors.
The Rockies play early tomorrow with an afternoon game. Jon Gray takes the mound against first time big leaguer Junior Guerra. This should be a win for the Rockies, but opening day holds surprises for everyone.