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Wednesday Rockpile Links, 3/26: Final roster decisions, Cuddy's Opening Day ode

Today could be the day of reckoning for several bubble players on the roster as Opening Day sits just days away.

Doug Pensinger

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.

Rockies Links

Rockies' Walt Weiss hasn't decided upon his final roster yet - The Denver Post

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.

Rockies' Michael Cuddyer always eagerly awaits Opening Day | News

Michael Cuddyer, in a guest column for, expresses his joy for Opening Day.

Nicasio eager to prove durability over complete season | News

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.

Los Angeles Dodgers armed and dangerous to beat rest of NL West - The Denver Post

Saunders handicaps the NL West and can't come up with a different division champion other than the Dodgers.

Denver Post hosting baseball talk breakfast for Rockies home opener

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

In search of baseball's most snakebitten team -

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.

Quantifying clubhouse chemistry -

ESPN is trying it! The attempt is preposterous and True Blue LA tells us why in this great take.

Is Bryce Harper overrated? -

Yesterday Bryan linked to an ESPN anonymous player poll that called Bryce Harper the most overrated player in the league. Marc Normandin writes why this is a little ridiculous.

Marlins want quicker games, are still awful -

Oh Marlins, never change.

Catching complacency, or digging a deeper hole behind the plate -

Cee Angi writes about teams that don't look for a catcher upgrade because it is convenient not to.

Max Scherzer and the confusing offseason of the Detroit Tigers -

I mean, Rockies fans would gladly trade situations with Tigers fans, but Detroit's off-season was more befuddling than Colorado's was.

Watching Major League Baseball in Sydney - Athletics Nation

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.

Playing Baseball at the Sydney Cricket Ground | FanGraphs Baseball

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.