Predicting the 25 Man Opening Day Roster

Well as we move into the off season and as other teams finish out their seasons and the playoffs I thought it would be a fun exercise to predict the 25 man roster for opening day in 2012.

So here it goes:


With Tracy as manager we know (as shown with the 2010 opening day roster without Fowler) that even opening day is not immune to MATCHUPZ, though opening day "starters" will score for more than the bench players.


So scoring looks like this:

1 Point for each correct person on the 25 man roster. (Up to 25 points)

1 Point for a "starter." This includes the 8 position players that start on opening day as well as the opening day starter, along with the closer. Middle relievers and set up men do not count as starters, as too fluid and often not announced. For outfield, you can specify LF/RF/CF but they will be counted as 3 OF spots, as it is not fair to penalize someone for putting Cargo in left and him starting the season in right. (Up to 10 points)

1 extra point for correctly predicting a person that is currently not in the Rockies system or is not under team control for next year. This includes (corrections are appreciated if I make a mistake): Kevin Millwood, Mark Ellis, JC Romero and Aaron Cook.


Without  further to do, my picks:

C: Chris Iannetta
1B: Todd Helton
2B: Mark Ellis
SS: Troy Tulowitzki
3B: Ian Stewart
OF: Carlos Gonzalez
CF: Dexter Fowler
OF: Josh Willingham
BE: Jason Giambi
BE: Jordan Pacheco
BE: Jonathan Herrera
BE: Wilin Rosario
BE: Seth Smith

Opening Day SP: Mark Buehrle
P: Jason Hammel
P: Jhoulys Chacin
P: Drew Pomeranz
P: Alex White
P: Edgmer Escalona
P: Matt Reynolds
P: Esmil Rogers
P: Matt Belisle
P: Matt Lindstrom
P: Rex Brothers
CL: Rafael Betancourt


Hardest choice for me was leaving Blackmon off of the opening day roster, but will probably be back in the minors to get back into baseball. Also I believe Wandy will not be moved so he will probably be the opening day guy in Houston, so the FA RH OF will get the start. In general I don't think there will be much change this off season. I think there is an uneasiness in the FO that they need to spend money this off season to show that they are committed to winning. Getting someone like Buehrle would be huge as it wouldn't cost a ton, but the name recognition would be large. I do think the Rockies will inquire heavily on someone as high as Reyes, with the plan to move him to second or third, but I doubt Reyes would want that and along with the ridiculous money he'll get, there is no way we sign him. I think they do spend money but sit around the same payroll, and wait to see how 2012 goes and then go after the wealth of talent that is in the 2013 FA class.


Deadline will be the last day of the playoffs, you may edit your posts up until that point.


What do you think?

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