Colorado Rockies pitchers and catchers reported for duty this weekend, but until they clear their physical on Monday they are busy shooting commercials for the upcoming season.
If it isn’t too late to submit a suggestion, perhaps the team could shoot a commercial with the pitching staff standing around, looking confused and in pain for about 486 hours, roughly about how long last seasons games lasted.
Going into the Winter Meetings the big news was new manager Walt Weiss and his off-season approach, with most of the front office absent. When all was said and done, it was as dismal a trip as could be had for a team really hurting on the mound. The one step forward, two steps back dance in Nashville saw the team relinquish two pitchers for one reliever. Giving up starter Alex White and minor league pitcher Alex Gillingham for Wilton Lopez, a right-handed reliever with questionable health issues after the Phillies passed on him.
There is upside to Lopez. He is a ground ball pitcher, unlike last years “big” pickup Jeremy Guthrie, so at least they’ve learned their lesson on that one. Lopez will complement lefty Brothers in setup situations, giving a one-two punch that could be very effective in front of Betancourt.
But, does the team really need another pitchers with questionable health? What did the Phillies see in Lopez’ health that drove them to call off a deal that the Rockies didn’t see?
Also, was the bullpen really the place the team needed to focus this off-season?
The potential starting day lineup for the Rockies could look like this:
- De La Rosa: Going on a 16-3 stretch in 2009 to help take the Rockies into the play-off’s.
- Chacin: Going 8-4 with a 2.81 ERA, which included a complete game shutout of the Cubs, in the first half of the 2011 season.
- Nicasio: Coming back from a broken neck and major head trauma. Enough said.
- Francis: Going 17-9 in the magical 2007 season and then coming back last year to be our most consistent pitcher.
- Pomeranz: Drillers debut he pitched seven innings of two hit, no run ball and then he pitched 3 perfect innings two weeks after an emergency appendectomy.
Everything that has gone on this winter with them has been positive. As far as I am concerned, there will be no limitations. They will hit the ground running.