So Far, Not Bad

You hear it over and over throughout Spring Training, “These games don’t matter. The score doesn’t matter. It doesn’t count.” But to look beyond the box score and the players lines would be counter to what true fans are wired to do. We enjoy checking stats and headlines, even if the slate is erased at the end of Spring, because it is in those digits that we can see a picture forming, even at three games in.

So far, the picture the Rockies are portraying is significantly better than the one developed at season’s end. With the “Race to 100” behind them, as well as a very silent winter, the only truisms this spring contain the words “pitching” and “health”, with a smattering of slugfest thrown in.

PITCHING: Three games in is hardly enough of a sample. Shoot, two of the five likely starters in Chacin and De La Rosa have yet to take the mound, but so far the signs are very encouraging:

  • Chris Volstad looked pretty good in his Rockies spring debut today.  He pitched two innings of scoreless ball in his battle for the fifth starters spot.  While he did give up two hits, he also showed his work to keep the ball down in the zone is paying off with two double-play inducing pitches.
  • Wilton Lopez, one of the very slim offseason pickups, pitched a three up, three down third in todays win.
  • Scahill, Harris, Manship and Rosenbaum combined for five scoreless innings between them, the lone hit coming from a Rosenbaum offering.
  • Jeff Francis looked good in Sunday’s start, going two innings of two hit, no run ball.

Sure, Manny Corpas gave up the only Rangers run in the 9-1 shellacking of the Tigers, but even he could take solace in the fact that it was only one run.  History, especially Rockies history, has shown that Corpas is very capable of issuing batting practice pitches when he isn’t on his game.  Even Pomeranz’ rough first outing wasn’t too bad compared to how he pitched last season.  His start on Saturday yielded three hits, two runs and two walks, but he ball came off the bat low to the ground for the most part.  If he can keep it down, like his counterpart Volstad, he should get his confidence back.  Nicasio was one of the few pitchers that has really been hit hard so far, four runs in 1 2/3 an inning was tough to take and perhaps the biggest, “it’s early” moment so far.

Yes, the Rockies outscored their opponents 26-11 over the first three games, but it doesn’t matter.  The final score is insignificant, except that deep down it does feel good to come out and flash a little bit of what was missing last season, and that would be pretty dang decent pitching.  It isn’t the final score, but the little moments that really matter this early.

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GARY
GARY
7 years ago

So meaningless,yet brings a small smile to an old guys face,Because baseball,even Rockies baseball,brings out the kid in this old fart.

DrRockies
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DrRockies
7 years ago
Reply to  GARY

spot on Gary! Anticipation of opening day in Denver is always a favorite time of mine.

DrRockies
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DrRockies
7 years ago

There is a Doctor sighting ! Hey everyone…good to be back online and reading some good comments. Good summary Jaredean. Regardless of our inactivity over the winter, I’m grateful to be able to watch this club in Denver for anything. It beats 21 years ago when the only baseball was on tv. Sure it tries our patience and passion to have a winning club, but since we have very little control over the team, supporting it as a fan is… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

I’ve been tooting the Chris Volstad horn since we acquired him. Two GIDPs forced by Volstad. I was tooting the Rex Brothers horn two years ago during ST 2011. I hope I go two for two when tooting my horn. Hallelujah for WW tossing the run on contact rule into the circular file. The Renck column reported that WW told the team to make the judgments for themselves when running on the basepaths. Thank you, thank you, thank you. No… Read more »

Gary
Gary
7 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

“closet friends”-OMG,can’t believe TMZ or some sleaze media haven’t tried to “twitterize”[did I just invent a word?] and run with that one!

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

The way I see it there are only 3 spots cemented in the rotation (Chacin, DLR, & Francis). There are no guarantees that DrewPo or Nicasio are locks to start the season with the team. There should be an open competition for the remaining two spots between DrewPo, Nicasio, Volstad, Chatwood, Rosenbaum, & Friedrich. The good thing is besides Volstad & Rosenbaum, all the others still have options. When you look at the schedule, the 5th starter won’t be needed… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

To any contracts expert with questions….

Isn’t Volstad signed to a minor league contract and a NRI? So if he makes the team, he can still be sent down to the minor leagues as he signed a minor league contract?

Rosenbaum is not technically out of options, but sent back to the Nats if he doesn’t make the team. But if he sticks with the Rox the entire year, then he has three options for 2014 and beyond?

Greg Stanwood
Greg Stanwood
7 years ago

Volstad can be sent down, as despite being optioned for different seasons, only one has counted. Volstad is within a season of passing 5 years of service, when options no longer matter, but it will not likely happen until the end of the season.

Rosenbaum’s three options do not leave him at any point until they are used.

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