The offseason has been long and quiet. Despite the lack of moves, spring training has finally started. In their first preseason game, the Rockies did well in showing what they’ve got. After a tough start to the game, the Rockies rebounded to prove that they can be more successful offensively than last year. There was a frightening moment when Trevor Story was hit by a pitch, but he seems to be okay. He suffered a bruise and is on a day-to-day basis, it could be worse. Ryan McMahon, Pat Valaika, and Tony Wolters all got hits. The pitching staff did pretty well. Chad Bettis got the start, then Jeff Hoffman and DJ Johnson did a solid job to help out the team. Yency Almonte and Justin Lawrence helped to finish the game. While it’s true that spring training doesn’t really matter, it’s interesting to get an idea of how the team might look. The promise of the offense is there, and we’ll see if they can continue this kind of production.
Jeff Hoffman started spring training off well. His control has been a bit of an issue in the past, but he has shown that he has the capability to do well in the regular season. Jeff Bridich has shown some faith in him, so we might see him pitch in the regular season. However, he is competing for a spot in a crowded rotation, and it’s hard to say if he can find a spot there. Either way, it’s definitely time for Hoffman to prove what he can do this season.
Spring training does not win a World Series, but Nolan Arenado still tries just as hard. This is what the Rockies are working toward: getting past the pain of missing out. They made it to the playoffs for the second consecutive year, but despite much hardship and effort, they didn’t make it very far. They’ve learned a lot, regardless, finding out that heart has a good amount to do with performance, and delivering under pressure means more than you might think. Getting to the World Series requires a lot out of the players, and the Rockies want it.