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For back-to-back years, the Rockies will have seven of their nine Opening Day starters (bottom of article) come from within the Rule 4 draft. In 2004, the Opening Day roster featured only one player drafted by the Rockies: Todd Helton.

Now let's compare the Opening Days rosters for this year and the year the Rockies last had a winning record:

2007                       2000
CF - Willy Taveras    CF - Tom Goodwin
2B - Kaz Matsui        2B - Mike Lansing
3B - Garrett Atkins   RF - Larry Walker
1B - Todd Helton      3B - Jeff Cirillo
LF - Matt Holliday     1B - Todd Helton
RF - Brad Hawpe      LF - Jeff Hammonds
SS - Troy Tulowitzki SS - Neifi Perez
C - Chris Iannetta     C - Brent Mayne
P - Aaron Cook         P - Pedro Astacio

Goodwin and Lansing didn't last the season with the Rockies as they were traded to the Dodgers and the Red Sox, respectively. Cirillo had a good season with little home run power, something Atkins will have. Holliday had a similar 2006 season to Hammonds' 2000, but with a little more power.

And the bullpen for that team? Gabe White, Jose Jimenez, Mike DeJean, Mike Myers, and Julian Tavarez (who started 12 games as well) among others.

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Jeff Baker won't be the only one in a platoon when a lefty starts against the Rockies. Jamey Carroll will get those starts (middle of article), according to Hurdle, or maybe not. That might just mean he tries it out for a few games, goes back to Matsui because he needs "a chance" against lefties and then realizes too late that he made the wrong decision.

After giving up a home run to Raul Ibanez, Tom Martin has gone to the videotape so he can adjust his arm angle. This line is great: "Martin, 36, badly needs to change." So apparently going back to the sidearm angle he experimented with last year is going change all that, a season not laden with good memories. Martin doesn't need a change, he needs a miracle and a half to make it through the year with the team. Come on down, Mike Gallo!