Kyle Kendrick is taking the mound for the Colorado Rockies today. The next time we write that, it will be for a real baseball game. Opening Day is almost here folks.
The first five in the lineup are all Opening Day starters as well, with an interestingly structured order. Corey Dickerson isn't a prototypical lead-off guy, but I like him there. While he's been typecast as a free swinger, his OBP last year was still an above average .364, and there's a solid chance that he stakes the Rockies to a quick 1-0 lead.
Carlos Gonzalez in the two hole is another intriguing option that hasn't been talked about enough in my opinion. Most people seem to see him as either a lead-off guy or a number three guy. Cargo seems like an ideal two-hole; he can drive in the lead-off man from first with a double, he can hit homers, and he can run the bases very well if he gets on. I love him there.
Rafael Ynoa, who has presumably locked down a utility job with the big club, gets the start at second base. Drew Stubbs in center will attempt to get his strikeouts under control before the real games begin.