The Rockies have a chance to move back into third place in the division, which actually probably deserves the NL Worst moniker thus far this season. Pinpointing why the division, which didn't have many off-season losses in talent beyond Heath Bell, but also added quality players such as the Rockies Michael Cuddyer and the D-backs Jason Kubel, would be so much more worse off than a season ago is tricky. The Rockies opponent today, Trevor Cahill, is another case in point where the talent exchange for 2012 would point to improvement, even if it wasn't so great for the long term.
While the AL Central still provides a floor for divisional futility we haven't yet reached, at least one of Colorado or Arizona need to turn around this year for the NL West to pass the NL Central again for "not as bad as it gets in the NL" bragging rights. Please let it be Colorado.
Thursday, May 17, 2012, 1:10 PM MDT
Trevor Cahill vs Juan Nicasio
Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.