Amidst all these reports of injuries to Rockies pitchers, there's still one thing to be thankful for: no one in the starting lineup has gone down yet. In today's game against the Giants, the Rockies will be trotting out an Opening Day lineup.
A Blackmon-Dickerson-Tulowitzki-Gonzalez-Arenado-Morneau one through six is worth salivating over. It's interesting that Walt Weiss put Tulo at three and Cargo at four, but it makes sense to split up the lefties. Nick Hundley and DJ LeMahieu aren't quite at the offensive level of the other six, but they bring other skills to the table. This lineup should be able to score lots of runs. Which, if starting pitchers keep going down daily, they will need to do.
Eddie Butler meanwhile has to be smelling an MLB job if he can perform in these next few Cactus League starts. His service time calculation is different from Jon Gray's making him more likely to get a rotation spot on Opening Day. His readiness might be in question, but sometimes people have to step up, ready or not.
The Giants aren't sitting anyone either. Hunter Pence is out with a broken arm, but otherwise the World Series champs have their Opening Day lineup out there as well. It'll be a good test for Butler. Veteran Tim Hudson is opposing the Rockies.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rockies?src=hash">#Rockies</a> get a first look at the 2015 Giants today at <a href="https://twitter.com/SaltRiverFields">@SaltRiverFields</a>. Let's get it! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PlayHardEveryday?src=hash">#PlayHardEveryday</a> <a href="http://t.co/3lLAkDvTbP">pic.twitter.com/3lLAkDvTbP</a></p>— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) <a href="https://twitter.com/Rockies/status/580779388783865856">March 25, 2015</a></blockquote>
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