It's Opening Day for the Rockies. Damn, did that feel nice to write! It's Opening freakin' Day! With the offseason behind us, we can get stoked about the long awaited return of regular season ball. In Sunday's games alone, we've already gotten to watch some of what makes baseball so great. Francisco Liriano of the Pittsburgh Pirates dominated the Cardinals, striking out ten and singling home the first run of the game for good measure. The unfortunate Mets became the first team in MLB history to have to suffer through the Opening Day celebration of a World Series that they lost! Chris Archer whiffed 12 and still lost! And while we're on the subject of the Rays/Blue Jays game, Tulo added his first home run of the season.
But you know what the beautiful thing about the start of the regular season is? All those storylines about former players and past trades? We can move on, look ahead to the future of this franchise instead of in the rear-view mirror. It's time for baseball folks, it's time to see what our future holds. We might stink this year, we might surprise, but the important thing is baseball is back. In a transitional type of year for the team, it's going to be exciting to how well some of the younger players are able to make the jump.
Jorge De La Rosa will get the nod for the Rockies, taking the mound against familiar foe Zack Greinke. The Rockies, for their part, were pretty successful against Greinke in 2015. The righty faced the Rockies three times last year, allowing nine runs on 19 hits and two walks through 18.2 innings for an ERA of 4.34, the highest of all teams Greinke pitched against.
The Rockies will be rolling with what most expected. We'll get to see an early first AB for Story who's in the two-hole behind Chuck, with CarGo, Nolan, and Parra rounding out the heart of the lineup. Reynolds gets the start at first and he'll hit ahead of Hundley and LeMahieu. The unfortunate injury to A. J. Pollock has opened the door for all three of Chris Owings, Jean Segura, and Nick Ahmed to enter the lineup and Jack Lamb gets the start at third.
|COLORADO ROCKIES||ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS|
|Charlie Blackmon - CF||Jean Segura - 2B|
|Trevor Story - SS||Chris Owings - CF|
|Carlos Gonzalez - RF||Paul Goldschmidt - 1B|
|Nolan Arenado - 3B||Welington Castillo - C|
|Gerardo Parra - LF||David Peralta - RF|
|Mark Reynolds - 1B||Yasmany Tomas - LF|
|Nick Hundley - C||Jake Lamb - 3B|
|DJ LeMahieu - 2B||Zack Greinke - RHP|
|Jorge De La Rosa - LHP||Nick Ahmed - SS|
Game Information: Rockies @ Diamondbacks at Chase Field, 7:40 PM (MT)
TV: ROOT Sports
Radio: KOA 850
MLB GameDay: Link