It's just five days until Opening Day - and today is rumored to be the day of reckoning for the Rockies, in which they will shape their Opening Day roster.
Patrick Saunders writes about the upcoming roster decisions. Of the battles Saunders mentions, I'm guessing the Rockies take Charlie Blackmon in the outfield, Franklin Morales in the starting rotation, and Tommy Kahnle in the bullpen - adding Chad Bettis if Boone Logan starts the year on the DL. Bettis is the better arm, but his options status means it's the most efficient use of resources to send him down.
Michael Cuddyer, in a guest column for MLB.com, expresses his joy for Opening Day.
In Thomas Harding's daily news/notes post, he writes about Juan Nicasio (fresh off a dominant outing yesterday) and his quest to prove his durability. Other topics include the final roster decisions, Glenallen Hill as the AAA manager, and Cuddyer trying to defend his batting crown.
Saunders handicaps the NL West and can't come up with a different division champion other than the Dodgers.
Need a place to be on Opening Day morning? Perhaps the Denver Post baseball talk breakfast will strike your fancy. The event takes place on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 a.m. at the Wynkoop Brewing Company.
Links from around baseball
Grant Brisbee's humorous look at the team with the most current injury issues so far in spring. In quantity, it's the Rangers by far. In quality/severity, it's the Braves. The Rockies are middle of the pack - knock on wood.
ESPN is trying it! The attempt is preposterous and True Blue LA tells us why in this great take.
Oh Marlins, never change.
Cee Angi writes about teams that don't look for a catcher upgrade because it is convenient not to.
I mean, Rockies fans would gladly trade situations with Tigers fans, but Detroit's off-season was more befuddling than Colorado's was.
Curious what MLB in Australia is like? A baseball fan traveled to Sydney to see Opening Day between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. Here is his story.
Speaking of baseball in Australia, Jeff Sullivan thinks about what the park factor of Sydney Cricket Ground would be if a team resided there full-time.