Colorado fans in Arizona will get what they came to see this week as both Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez are set to make their spring training debuts today. This generally light spring training schedule was expected, so there's not really any major news here besides "YEAH TULO!" and "YEAH CARGO!", but it's what most fans down in the desert wearing purple want to see.
Mike Petriello over at fangraphs wrote a very nice piece on Jorge De La Rosa and his dominance at Coors Field - And by dominance we're not just talking about how he's able to pitch better at Coors Field after you take into account park adjustments. No, he's actually a better pitcher straight up numbers wise in Denver. Petriello talks about this and what De La Rosa might be able to do to get better on the road.
One stat that's not mentioned but I'll bring it up here because it's relevant is the team's ridiculous 48-9 mark over De La Rosa's last 57 games started at Coors Field. That's as close to a guaranteed win in baseball as you can get. This is why, as the article mentioned, De La Rosa is the king of Coors Field.
Jon Gray pitched during yesterday's game and did this to the Padres. I'm salivating!
No, you're not going to get to see that at Coors in April, but by summer, it just might be a thing.
If you want some additional video this morning, here's a brief clip of how the trip Tulo put together from the kids at the Children's Hospital went this weekend.
The last bit of Rockies news here doesn't include a link, but MLB Network is doing its '30 clubs in 30 days' season preview again and tonight's team is the Rockies. The Rockies-centric episode will be incorporated into the MLB Tonight show at 7:00 ET / 5:00 MT. Also, if you want to catch up on a division rival, the Dodgers episode will be on at the same time on Tuesday evening.
More bad news for the Phillies, Cliff Lee is experiencing elbow soreness. This could make it nearly impossible for the Phillies to get anything of value for him, especially since he's owed $25 million this season and has a $12.5 million buyout next winter.
Pablo Sandoval reveals that he knew he was leaving the Giants after 2014 last spring training because of the way the organization disrespected him and his agent. He also goes on to say that the only two people on the club he's going to miss are Bruce Bochy and Hunter Pence. I can't wait to see see how he reacts to the media in Boston when they bring the pitchforks out because he's in a slump for a month (which he tends to have during most of his seasons).
Lance Lynn suffered a hip flexor strain during his first start of the spring yesterday. This is certainly a story to watch because if the Cardinals have to go the season a man down in the rotation, the chances of the Cubs or Pirates overtaking them increases dramatically.
That's all for now. I'm working on a longer piece that involves Kyle Kendrick, game scores, and the Rockies rotation that I hope to have up later today, so be on the lookout for that.