Despite the Colorado Rockies spending $106 million on their bullpen in the off-season, there still seems to be a struggle among starting pitchers as the Rox dropped two of three in their Opening Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Not all is bad after the Rox first series and it’s much too early to pull any alarms; however, had it not been for center fielder Charlie Blackmon and his two homers in Saturday’s game, Colorado could have easily faced a series sweep.
While the struggles of starting pitching for the Rox isn’t uncommon, it is something fans are use to. One thing fans aren’t use to, are the struggles at first base, a position that has been home to the likes of Todd Helton and Andrés Galaragga (tough shoes to fill). The Rox were satisfied with the acquisition of Ian Desmond in 2016 to fill the position at first base and quite possibly some time in the outfield. Unfortunately, Desmond experienced soreness in his right knee in Saturday nights game which put Ryan McMahon at first base.
The Rockies face the San Diego Padres in their second series of the season this week before returning home to host the Atlanta Braves in their home opener Friday, April 6th. Colorado has a chance to add some wins in San Diego this week, but they’ll be facing a team who was swept in their first series of the season. The Padres lost 3 games to nil in their season opener to the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers were relentless in games two and three against the Padres putting up 15 runs to San Diego’s 9.
In other sports the Denver Broncos added another key piece to their already superstardom secondary on Friday last week with a trade deal that brought Su’a Cravens to Denver from the Washington Redskins. Facing criticism from fans in Washington that he gave up after his rookie season has been his comback cadence and took to Twitter last Wednesday to show his excitement about coming to the Mile High. The Broncos are still not finished in the free agency, with rumors that Denver is in the hunt to land newly released, Jacksonville Jaguars Tight End (TE) Marcedes Lewis. The potential acquisition of Lewis is a no brainer, one which would add a seasoned veteran who is capable of not only helping the Broncos early on, but providing guidance to Denver’s 2017 5th rounder, Jake Butt. Butt was injured his senior year at Michigan where he tore his ACL at the Orange Bowl, when Michigan lost to Florida State. Butt fell in the draft as a result of his injury, just enough for the Broncos to pick him up.
The Denver Nuggets are still on life-support thanks to a wild and crazy finish in Milwaukee Sunday night. With only six minutes remaining in the game, it appeared as though the Nuggets would be chalking up another loss, and Milwaukee would be salvaging an opportunity to making it into the post-season, the final outcome however was much more bleak for the Bucks. The play that turned things around for Denver came with about three and a half minutes left to play, and Bucs forward Giannis Antetokounmpo drove to the basket, slightly moving his forearm up towards a defending Nikola Jokic who fell backwards resulting in an offensive foul on Antetokounmpo. Antetokounmpo was ejected from the game shortly after arguing with the ref. Denver capitalized on the ejection, and tied, sending the game into overtime. The Nuggets went on to win in overtime, but still have a pretty large hill to climb before the post-season and with games against the Pacers, Timberwolves, Clippers and Trailblazers, they have their work cut out for them.
NCAA Champions! Chances are, your NCAA basketball bracket blew up in just the first five days of the tournament, but about 37,000 other people got the championship match-up right, most of which were likely Michigan and Villanova students alumni. Unfortunately for Michigan students Big Blue didn’t walk away from the tourney as crowned champions. That honor went to the Villanova Wildcats. Congratulations Villanova!