Evening, Rowbots. This edition is going to be brief to the point of scandal, seeing as I've been up since 4am, have travelled cross-country in that time period, and need to be up at 6:30 am tomorrow for work (Oh I love easing back from spring break. Not). In short, I'm mainly just throwing this up so you have a place to discuss anything that crosses your mind about the past week (and knowing PR, that may or may not actually have anything to do with baseball).
A few notes to get you started:
- This is the last Sunday of spring training. Next Sunday, which coincidentally happens to be Easter, we will get something else back to life: the 2010 season. Yankees and Red Sox, in Fenway Pahk. Big surprise. I'm rooting for the meteor. Since I'm in New York, I can even confidently root for it to take out Boston without fear for my personal safety.
- The biggest question remaining at this point pertains to who gets the last bullpen spot: Joe Beimel, Tim Redding, or Justin Speier. At the moment, it's still quite nebulous. Redding and Speier both had poor outings the last time, and Beimel was only signed a week ago. For what it's worth, public sentiment is very decidedly against Redding.
- Tulo is starting to look like a monster, with yet another three-run bomb today to propel us to a thrilling tie with the A's. But if the switch goes off the instant the calendar turns to April, then someone is going to have some 'splainin to do.
- Huston Street will start the season on the DL, but is hoping to be back in the closer's role by May 1. It remains to be seen if Franklin Morales will assert himself as the replacement for the time being, or if Tracy goes to closer-by-committee if Franklin goes nuclear (y helo thar Manny Corpas!) I dunno about you, but I'm a little worried.
- Jason Giambi and Todd Helton are already, by their own admittance, like an old married couple.
- Go easy on Chris Iannetta this year. He's expecting a baby after all. Let's just hope he's not talking to Manny.
On a final note, I left Colorado today for the last time in a while. It doesn't mean I won't be back, it just means I don't know when. The thought of not seeing another Rockies game in person for who knows how long is ... strange. To say the least. I suppose I don't need to tell you this, but those of you who DO go this year, enjoy it just a little more. I can't believe we're almost there...!
Okay. Take it away.
Time for scandalously premature predictions! The Rockies' first half MVP will be:
Troy Tulowitzki (98 votes)
Ian Stewart (20 votes)
Ubaldo Jimenez (50 votes)
Seth Smith (10 votes)
Todd Helton (6 votes)
Carlos Gonzalez (50 votes)
Brad Hawpe (for SDCat) (10 votes)
Other (will add in comments) (11 votes)
255 total votes