Colorado is coming off a ten-game home stand with a middling 5-5 record despite the fact that two of the three opponents (Dodgers and Cardinals) are the top two teams. They failed to establish their home supremacy which was hurt by a 2-1 series loss to the lowly Fish. With the rotation (Wuss, Kendrick, Rusin, Chettis, Hale) settled for the time being, is the team angry and motivated enough to go into Miami, reel in the Marlins daily, and fry them for dinner? The key to a possible series sweep is to be all fired up when Cy Urema goes on the bump. He should be sent to the showers no later than the fourth inning and his name will be changed back to Jose Urema. Another factor in the Rox’ favor is that Miami has a losing record (12-16) at home.
Jumping to another topic, the baseball draft this week. Most so-called baseball analysts have given the Rockies great grades for the first draft conducted by new GM Jeff Bridich. A good draft is not done only on the first day, but done over all three days. Some sample comments:
From the BA Chat:
Justin (NY): What are your top 3 favorite picks of Day 3? (With a reasonable chance to sign)
Teddy Cahill: Of the seemingly signable picks, I’ll go with a pair of Florida high school pitchers taken in round 11 — LHP Michael Zimmerman (Rockies) andRHP Ryan McKay (Marlins) — and RHP Alexis Diaz, the younger brother of Mariners prospect Edwin Diaz, who went to the Reds in the 12th round. I’m sure I’m missing guys, but off the top of my head, those would be my picks.
Welcome back Corey Dickerson and LaTroy Hawkins as they were both activated. Back to Albuquerque goes Kyle Parker and Christian Bergman.