DYK: Rockies on Road Again -- 19th Opener in 26 Seasons
The Rockies are regulars on the road to open the season. They open the 2018 season Thursday night at Arizona, the 19th of 26 season openers that the Rockies will play on the road. And it hasn't been all bad. They are 10-8 in season openers on the road, winning the last three, and five of the last seven.
This will be the fifth time they have opened in Arizona, the eighth time they have played the D-Backs in the opener.
Ian Desmond most likely will draw the start at first base, which means rookie Ryan McMahon will be on the bench for his first big-league opener. The Rockies have had nine rookies in an Opening Day lineup, but none since 2008.
Home? Road? Does it really matter? Not really.
The Rockies 12-17-2 record this spring was the fourth worst in the NL, and it was the third worst spring training record in franchise history.
Chris Iannetta, who broke in with the Rockies, is back and showing power. He shared the team spring training lead of four home runs with Nolan Arenado. So how did the 12 position players on the Opening Day roster fare in the spring?
No more "it's just spring," for explanations of troubles on the mound. Chad Bettis' 4.50 ERA was the lowest of the five Rockies starting pitchers in spring games.
now is the time