Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spring Training Hits & Misses: Game 28 vs. Cleveland


Troy Tulowitzki

Three hits today. Scalding the baseball over the past week or ten days. Somewhere Wandy Rodriguez is wishing he didn't get that opening day assignment for Houston.

Wilin Rosario

A lot of debate today about Rosario's opening day status (and current value) after another multi-hit game raised his spring average to .474. I stayed out of the debate because I honestly don't know what his true status or value is. I just know that I continue hearing he's working hard, he's producing. he's maturing and that's all coupled with what nearly every scout has described as elite tools for a 23-year-old catcher. And honestly, that he's making all of us take a real hard look at his status and value this late in the spring likely solidifies both.

Josh Roenicke

I've overlooked Roenicke all spring and I apologize for that. Much like he did for the Rockies last season, Roenicke has quietly pitched nothing but quality innings. After his scoreless seventh today, he's now allowed only one run over nine and one-third innings.

As Troy Renck pointed out today, he's out of options, and the Rockies might be unwilling to expose him to waivers. I guess that just put a little more pressure on Esmil Rogers to bounce back and Alex White to prove he's comfortable in the bullpen.


I got nothing. Another crisp game all around.

Got Their Work In

Juan Nicasio

5 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 HR

Nicasio struggled with his command a little bit, which led to extra traffic and a few squared up baseballs. But despite those bumps in the road, this is another very positive step towards what all of us hope will be a start in the home opener.

Matt Reynolds

Jim Tracy did a nice job using Reynolds in a meaningful situation today when he called on him to face Travis Hafner with two runners on and two outs in the sixth. And then Reynolds got his man, forcing Hafner to pop out to first base. Well done by all.

Oh, yeah, and the score in case you're wondering

Like I said before, the Rockies played another crisp game today and earned a rock solid 6-3 victory over the Indians.

What's next

The Rockies host the Rangers on Friday night at Salt River Fields with an 8:10 MT first pitch. 850 KOA will have the game covered from the radio side. Tune into for the Rangers live TV broadcast. Or if that doesn't work, the replay will begin on MLB Network at 10:00 MT.

Thank you

I appreciate all of the kind words that have been filtering in not only today but over the past couple weeks regarding the 10 Best Things About Being a Rockies Fan post I wrote for Big League Stew. I was humbled to be asked to represent Rockies fans all over the world and I just hope I did each and every one of you proud.

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