The waning hours until the season begins seems just as long and the winter. None-the-less, here we are… Opening Night. Of 162 games, none create the excitement and expectations of game one. For the Rox, I would be glad to see them play Arizona away and come home to a easily winnable game for the home opener. For this year we’ll just have to settle for the World Series defending champion Phillies. Can they do it? We’ll see. Here’s my take on 2009:
2. Los Angeles
4. San Francisco
5. San Diego
Laugh if you want to, but the NL West could be a tough division this year. Arizona looks to be all around tough this year. The don’t have any Mannys but they have some all around hitters and above average pitching. They are my pick for the NL West. The Dodgers will be tough too. With Manny back in the saddle and Joe Torre’s second year at the helm, they could very well make a run. San Francisco’s pitching looks to have (on paper) the best pitching in the division (some one better than I could argue the NL). Cy Young winner Tim Linecum, World Series winning, bird killing, old man Randy Johnson and the other old man Zito look scary on a rotation. Let’s just see if they stay healthy. San Diego….. Well, not so much. Jake Peavy can’t carry them by himself and thats all they’ve got on the mound. Their best hitter batted .306 last season and their second? .276. Bad pitching and bad hitting throws them in the bottom of the pile on my picks.
Bringing us to the Rockies:
Why would a Rockies fan pick his team in the middle of the pack? Because the Rockies have as good of a chance to be at the top as they do dead last. There’s too many questions that need to be answered. Will Helton bat like he did in the spring? Will Helton stay healthy? Fowler or Spilly? Did Morales fix his control? Can Tulo break out of his sophmore slump? Is Street really the guy? Will Corpas be as good of a set-up man as in 07? The list goes on. We’ll know in September…… That’s how long it will take to sort this division out.
There are some things I can say though. Helton is confident and healthy for now. The Rockies believe that Franklin did fix his control. Corpas wants his job back and he’s going to play for it.
Here’s what I like the best: “Rox look to shock the baseball world as underdog.” Hello….. That’s what you do best!!!!!!!! That’s what every Denver sports team does best. Sweeping the Yankees, making the play-offs, winning 8 straight play-off games. That is what you do Rockies. You make other teams feel like s#$@ for losing to you. Deflate your NL champ heads and play like no one thought you belonged there. Do it, and you’re the 2009 NL champs.
And for my grand finale: Yankees win the world series. A-Rod, Texiera, Jeter, Posada, Wang, Sabathia, Chamberland……. You can’t beat this team. NYY, TB, Bos….. In that order.
“Rox look to shock baseball world as underdog” from Coloradorockies.com