Rockies manager Bud Black says the team is not too worried about the sore left foot that saw likely Opening Day starter Jon Gray pulled early from his start yesterday. Gray originally injured the foot coming out of the batter’s box in his previous start, but Black says the injury has improved since then. Gray tweaked the foot on an awkward looking move to first base in the third inning, and was removed from the game shortly after. Gray will have the foot examined by team doctors, but should be back on the mound sooner rather than later.
2017 Positional Power Rankings: Center Field | FanGraphs Position
The Rockies come in at number 21 on this list, which determines the ranking by a team’s cumulative WAR at the position. Charlie Blackmon is situated firmly into the starter position, followed by Alexi Amarista, Ian Desmond, David Dahl and Raimel Tapia listed as depth. Blackmon has had a way of exceeding expectations in his career. The 30 -year old won his first Silver Slugger at the end of last season, and stole 43 bases a year before. A key piece of the Rockies’ core, Blackmon will need to be on top of all facets of his game this year to turn the team toward contention. And if the Rockies aren’t gearing up for the post-season come July, Blackmon could be a big ticket name at this year’s trade deadline.
Joe Peta of ESPN.com isn’t exactly waxing optimistic about the 2017 Rockies. Though their 845 runs scored topped all of the National League, Peta cites ineffective pitchers and a sub-par defense in his assessment. The final prediction comes in with the Rockies finishing 76-86, landing fourth in the NL West.