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.