Thursday 4X4: Blackmon Rockies Record AAV
Charlie Blackmon's six-year contract -- the last two years of which are at his option -- is the fourth largest overall guarantee in franchise history at $108 million, but the $18 million annual average value is the largest in Rockies history.
And Blackmon can walk away after four years, during which he is guaranteed $77 million, which is an AAV of $19.25 million. He has a player option on a $21 million salary in 2022 and $10 million in 2023.
Planning to attend the Rockies home opener on Friday? Well, bundle up. If the game is played, the forecast is for the coldest home opener in franchise history. The temperature at first pitch -- 2:10 p.m. -- is forecast to be 38 degrees, according to Weather Bug. Weather Bug forecasts a 30 percent chance of precipitation beginning at noon Friday, reaching 40 percent at 2 p.m., and then starting to drop, reaching 10 percent by 6 p.m.
The current lowest ever Opening Day temperature at first pitch is 40 degrees for the April 26, 1995 game against the Mets. The start of the season was delayed that year by the players' strike that wiped out the end of the 1994 season, the 1994 post-season and start of 1995 season. It is the only time the Rockies had a home opener at night. The lowest high for a day home opener is 44 degrees in 2004.
But this is the Rocky Mountain region, which always brings to mind the signboard at a Mr. Steak Restaurant in west Denver that proclaimed:
"Little Boys Who Lie Grow Up to Be Weathermen"
Before the Rockies get back to Colorado, though, they need to finish a four-game series in San Diego on Thursday afternoon. They go into the game needing a victory to wrap up a season-opening 4-3 road trip. A victory also would get the Rockies to .500 all-time at Petco Park, home of the Padres since 2004. The Rockies would become only the fourth visiting team with a .500 or better record at Petco.
Tyler Anderson starts Thursday's game for the Rockies. Past history does not bode well for Anderson, who suffered the loss in the second game of the season at Arizona last Friday. He has only one victory in 12 career starts in day games. He is 4-8 lifetime before the All-Star Break.