Weiss: Chacin Opening Day Starter

Walt Weiss announced his starting pitchers for both opening days today. He has made Jhoulys Chacin his Opening Day pitcher against the Brewers, and Jeff Francis his Home Opener against the Padres.

Colorado’s season officially opens in Milwaukee, with the Rockies taking on Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, April 1. Chacin hasn’t had the best spring, currently sitting on a 7.00 ERA, while his last outing against the Giants on Sunday he gave up four runs on nine hits in less than five.

Francis, on the other hand, has been nothing short of amazing this spring. He’s been all but perfect, only getting hit in one of the 19 innings he’s pitched, and his success at Coors, coupled with his respect among the fans, it is good he will be opening at Coors.

Make no mistake, Francis more than deserves to be opening day starting job, but after the first few times through the rotation, you rarely see your #1’s matching up, making a first through fifth order a bit unnecessary.  Having Francis open at home does make more sense, even if it is a bit of an insult.

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ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

After last year’s criticism from O’Dowd, this seems like a little bit of a pat on the back. Probably not the best commentary towards DLR or Francis, but hopefully it gives Chacin a little encouragement. I’m hoping he puts up the season of his career in the first half and then we flip him.

DRH
DRH
7 years ago

I don’t see this as an insult to Francis. the home opener is the emotional opener. An away opener is someone else’s opener. It might be a slight to DLR, whose pitched better than Chacin.

Jaredean
Jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  DRH

I do see that, but on paper you are saying, “this is our #1 starter”. That is why I feel it “looks” like a slight, although I’d much rather have Francis be our home opener.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Jaredean

From a financial incentive perspective Chacin has the most to gain from being called a “No. 1”. That said, the Rockies from a trade bait perspective also have the most to gain by doing that as well, I guess.

I just don’t think it has much to do with ST performance at all.

If Chacin walks 5 or 6 and we get plowed on Opening Day, I’m gonna be pretty mad, myself.

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
7 years ago

If anyone gets bent out of shape about his position in the rotation maybe he should just work harder and pitch better. There’s a good way to become a No. 1 guy: pitch like it.

The truth is, no one is an ace on this team. I hope that changes, but we have a lot guys who are 4 & 5 guys on any other team.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

I’m feeling pretty good about our pitching … :>) … After all, we have signed someone with 17 seasons of minor league experience in affiiliated baseball, independent leagues, Mexico and Japan … :>)

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago
Reply to  Mike Raysfan

Anyone from the California Penal league?

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

Pissing me off right now that Rockies can’t get anything going against pathetic Guthrie.

Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High
7 years ago

I haven’t been all that happy with the Bunnies for a while. Looks like the Bunnies will average 3.0 runs a game this year and the pitching staff will give up an ERA of 5.40.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

I’m more optimistic now that Tulo has heated up a little. I don’t need to see many homeruns. As long as the right guys are getting doubles I am happy.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Nice job by Samuel Deduno tonight pitching for the Dom Rep in WBC (5 IP, 0 runs). Why can’t the Rox get a pitcher like that for their rotation? Oh wait, they did develop him in their minors and than let him go, just like they did with Esmil Rogers. No organization in baseball can afford to allow arms like that to get away for nothing.

Gary
Gary
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

I didn’t like either of them when we had them,and was vocal[here] about running Esmil out of town,but still gave you a + because it seems that this is indeed systemic to the ROX pitching development[or lack thereof].

Doctor_Christopher
Doctor_Christopher
7 years ago

Lots of great comments. Will try to not to do too much run-on writing here. Chacin was always going to the OD starter and #1 guy in the rotation. Remember he is the only one of the bunch who has a big league contract for next year. No Francis is not bent out of shape. Great little piece in the DP the other day about why Rox pitchers don’t learn the change-up earlier. In short kids get to the bigs… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Dr. C., some good points there. I agree with you on De La Rosa. I guess with other teams this wouldn’t be such a big deal, but 2 really good spring training starts in a row, exhibiting (from what I read – I didn’t see either game) his old good stuff. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say he’s finally back to his pre-injury form. Wish I could say the same about Chacin. His superficial stats were o.k.… Read more »

GARY
GARY
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Thanks for telling it without inhaling the purple haze.I think a .500 season isn’t even likely but hope my negativity can be thrown in my face come September.The really depressing part is the lack of healthy,fast track arms in the system.If we lose over 100,I doubt even that will get DOD fired!

Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High
7 years ago

Agbayani, I’m surprised you left out Edgmer Escalona in your excellent summary of pitchers. We are in a sticky situation with Escalona; either trade him away for scrap heap player or keep him as he is out of options. I say keep him and if he pitches well, he can be used at the trade deadline to get a bigger return. Likewise for Dan Rosenbaum except he’s Rule 5 instead of out of options. I checked the options and just… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

Not much on the rumor mill about the Rockies and pitching. All the national talking heads have their spin on how badly the Rockies need pitching. I think much of their spin orginates from the Renck on twitter. There is still some lingering stuff in St. Pete about Niemann but the Rays allege they said no to the Rockies. I love this one: “The team will, of course, soldier on with what they have, and the fact that they’ve got… Read more »

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

Sorry Ag, forgot to respond. Alleged on twitter, Chad Bettis is in minor league camp working out but no actual games yet. I think there was something on MiLB.com about Bettis a day or 2 ago.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
7 years ago

Latest pitching rumors courtesy of Ken Rosenthal

“The Rockies have done their due diligence on Lohse, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. However, the club would have to increase payroll to sign Lohse and the sides would only complete a deal “if by a very, very remote chance he just flat-out doesn’t have anything,”

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