Rockies Preseason Report

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Joe Brasch writes, The Colorado Rockies season is officially started as pitchers…

The Colorado Rockies season is officially started as pitchers, catchers, and players on the rosters for the World Baseball Classic have reported to Tucson, Arizona for spring training. The Rockies roster has gone through dramatic changes this off season including trading our superstar outfielder, Matt Holliday to the Oakland A’s for P Greg Smith, P Huston Street, and OF Carlos Gonzalez. The Rockies have also made their pitching staff much better by acquiring staring pitcher Jason Marquis from the Chicago Cubs for Luis VizcaĆ­no . Jason Marquis has had five straight seasons with 11 wins or more. The Rockies are trying to find what they had in the magical 2007 season and get back to the playoffs and hopefully win the World Series this year. But for the Rockies to make another playoff run, they will have to do it with a completely remodeled roster, a new left fielder and a completely remodeled pitching staff. Emerging as the face of the franchise for the first year, Troy Tulowitzki may face more pressure to preform then the last two years. But this year, Tulo eyes a better start as he has not in the last couple years. Another player with a big impact on the Rockies is Ryan Spilborghs, who will get the on opening day for the first time in his career. So here is my projected lineup and pitching rotation for the Rockies.Opening Day Lineup1. Ryan Spilborghs CF2. Troy Tulowitzki SS3. Todd Helton 1B4. Brad Hawpe RF5. Garrett Atkins 3B6. Seth Smith LF7. Chris Ianetta C8. Clint Barmes 2BPitching Rotation1. Aaron Cook2. Ubaldo Jimenez3. Jason Marquis4. Jorge De La Rosa5. Jason HirshProjected Record88-74 (1st in the NL west)sources: mlb.com

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