Today is a good day.
Chad Bettis, who was perhaps the Colorado Rockies' best pitcher a year ago and was certainly the biggest pleasant surprise for the club, will make his 2016 Cactus League debut today against the Cleveland Indians at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Bettis, who posted a 4.23 ERA (110 ERA+) with 7.7 K/9 in 20 starts for the Rockies in 2015, hasn't necessarily been slowed by anything this spring -- it's more that there's probably no reason for him to throw unnecessary pitches, especially considering the place he's in after a strong end to last season.
If Bettis can have anywhere close to the outing that Jorge De La Rosa had in his spring debut yesterday, it will be a resounding success. De La Rosa held the Reds scoreless while registering four strikeouts in three innings in the Rockies' loss yesterday.
Here are the lineups for both teams on what is apparently Snapchat Day at the ballpark:
Today's #SnapchatDay lineup. 1st pitch at 1:10pm MT.— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) March 11, 2016
: rockies pic.twitter.com/DIyK8ILgms
Today's #TribeSpring lineup -- remember to add us on #SnapchatDay for an inside look!— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) March 11, 2016
Username: Indians pic.twitter.com/MbONM1aPkt
Tune in to Denver Sports AM 760 or MLB.com to listen to the game (still no TV), and/or follow along via Gameday.