Jorge De La Rosa will take the mound for only the second time of the season Saturday evening, after a groin strain kept him out of the Rockies’ rotation for the majority of the spring. Looking to find his usual Coors Field dominant groove, Jorge will have to leave his disastrous two-inning opener in the past.
Patrick Saunders also touches on how the Rockies have dealt with a slumping Carlos Gonzalez, past and present, and neutralizes any concern about Troy Tulowitzki’s absence from Friday’s lineup.
Though I don’t necessarily agree that the Rockies’ pitching staff is in need of Brothers’ or Gray’s assistance at this point in the season, Irv Moss of the Denver Post quotes Director of player development, Zach Wilson, as having no major concerns with the shaky starts of either. To end things things on a postive note, Moss has a quick organizational leaderboard for notable pitching and offensive achievements down on the farm.
For someone only 24 years of age, Jordan Lyles’ four-plus years in the big leagues make him look like a seasoned veteran compared to fellow Rockies front men, Tyler Matzek and Eddie Butler. Lyles, in his second season with the Rockies, has put on quite a show in his four starts this year -- despite battling his command.
After being fast-tracked to the majors through the Astros organization, Lyles had to develop largely on the fly, and often at the sake of his team (posting a sub .500 win percentage in all three of his years in Houston). With still so much room to grow, and the skill set to excel, Jordan Lyles could be big news for Colorado this season.
In case you haven’t heard, or seen for yourself, Nolan Arenado is the best third baseman in baseball and he would like to show you why. Every. Single. Day.
The Rockies’ gold glover has been flashy all April, sealing up the left most region of the Coors Shield with authority, and making it look way too easy.