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79 Rockies Predictions For 2015

Welcome to the 104th edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where the dreary winter is officially behind us. Let’s get into it…

As always, the health of Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki will be key to any success the Rockies hope to have. (Roy Chenoy / USA Today Sports)

“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I‘ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.”  -Rogers Hornsby

It’s spring. Baseball is back. And as the 2015 Major League Baseball season begins, it’s officially time to turn the page and focus on the past time of America. Despite what you may have heard, baseball is still wildly popular in this country. Revenues are through the roof, attendance is healthy, and the game is going strong.

To kick off this joyous occasion, I’m providing you with everything you can expect from the Rockies this year, from their record, to the broadcasts, to the inevitable injuries, to CarGo’s WAR. Some of these are educated guesses, some are based off of historical tendencies, and some come simply from a gut feeling or hunch. And yes, I realize I’m a day late with this post, but that’s what happens when things take place on Mondays. (Also, I’m pretty much stealing this format from this Will Leitch column, but that’s okay.) Off we go…

  1. The Rockies will begin the season with a 10-0 victory over the Brewers in Milwaukee behind seven shutout innings from Kyle Kendrick and big days at the plate from Corey Dickerson, Nolan Arenado and Troy Tulowitzki. (I wrote this one on Sunday, promise!)
  2. The Rockies will improve upon last year’s dismal 66-96 season and win at least 68 games.
  3. The Rockies will not improve all that much; they’ll win fewer than 76 games.
  4. Despite my best efforts, early success from the Rockies will SUCK ME IN and trick me into being optimistic until things fall apart in June. (Or May… Or April.)
  5. When the Rockies are at Coors Field, they will hit the crap out of the ball.
  6. When the Rockies are on the road they will hit less of the crap out of the ball.
  7. The Rockies’ offense on the road will not be as disgustingly-awful as last year’s, which produced at a .228/.279/.357 output.
  8. Troy Tulowitzki will play in fewer than 160 games.
  9. Troy Tulowitzki will play in fewer than 150 games.
  10. Troy Tulowitzki will play in fewer than 140 games.
  11. Troy Tulowitzki will play in fewer than 130 games.
  12. Troy Tulowitzki will play in more than 100 games. (He played in 91 last year.)
  13. This will not be enough games to carry the Rockies into playoff contention.
  14. During the 100-130 games he plays, Troy Tulowitzki will be a top-2 player in the game.
  15. Carlos Gonzalez will play in more than 140 games. (He played in 70 last year.)
  16. Carlos Gonzalez will vastly improve upon his completely lost 2014 season (-0.7 WAR) and post a WAR around 4.
  17. Carlos Gonzalez will steal at least 20 bases.
  18. Nolan Arenado will make his first All Star team.
  19. Nolan Arenado will hit at least 23 home runs.
  20. Nolan Arenado will win his third Gold Glove in his third season.
  21. Corey Dickerson will continue to hit and hit and hit and hit.
  22. Corey Dickerson will finish with a top-5 National League batting average.
  23. Justin Morneau will again hit over .330 against right-handed pitching.
  24. Justin Morneau will have fewer than 120 plate appearances against left-handed pitching.
  25. Injuries, overall, will be less of a story and factor over the course of 2015 than they were in 2014.
  26. Keith Dugger will still have pristine hair.
  27. Drew Stubbs, a pleasant surprise last year, will see serious regression at the plate.
  28. Charlie Blackmon will not be good enough against left-handed pitchers to make up for Stubbs’ decline.
  29. This will be a problem for a team that broke camp with just four outfielders.
  30. Wilin Rosario will struggle defensively at first base.
  31. Wilin Rosario will struggle defensively at catcher.
  32. It will become clear that Wilin Rosario really needs to be a DH on an American League team.
  33. Nick Hundley’s defense, game calling, pitch receiving, and leadership will help the Rockies’ young pitching staff.
  34. Jorge De La Rosa will be back in his #1 spot in the rotation before May.
  35. Jorge De La Rosa will be the Rockies’ best starting pitcher again.
  36. Jorge De La Rosa will not be as good at Coors Field as he was in 2014 (10-2, 3.08 ERA),
  37. Tyler Matzek will turn into a semi-reliable #3 starter, with some gems and disasters sprinkled among mostly decent starts.
  38. Jordan Lyles will get hurt.
  39. Jon Gray will be called up to the Rox in May.
  40. Jon Gray will make serious and positive contributions to help bolster the pitching staff.
  41. After one particularly solid start from Gray, I will become irrationally excited about the future of the Rockies.
  42. Kyle Kendrick will not get injured.
  43. Kyle Kendrick will put up numbers similar to (but not quite as solid as) his numbers from last year with the Phillies: 32 starts, 199 innings, 4.61 ERA in a hitter’s park on a bad team.
  44. The Rockies will take that.
  45. Boone Logan will be less horrible and less injured than last year.
  46. Boone Logan will still not be worth his big-ass, $5.5 million salary.
  47. Rex Brothers will be called up in May or June, only to be sent back down a couple weeks later.
  48. Nobody will understand what the hell happened to Rex Brothers.
  49. Adam Ottavino’s slider will be the most fun thing to watch involving a Rockies pitcher.
  50. The oldest player in baseball, LaTroy Hawkins, will somehow be a pretty good closer again at the age of 42.
  51. When the Rockies are floundering in irrelevance in the late-summer, watching that infield play defense will be reason enough to tune in and watch a ball game.
  52. Walt Weiss’ new commitment to defensive shifts will be a long overdue innovation and make the Rox’ infield defense even better.
  53. Whenever Rafael Ynoa does ANYTHING I will loudly proclaim, “Ynoa it!”
  54. When Justin Morneau scoops a low throw, one of the Root broadcasters will compare him to Todd Helton.
  55. Ryan Spilborghs will turn out to be the most enjoyable color commentator on Root Sports.
  56. Root Sports will continue to scroll “Toyota Talk” at the bottom of the screen during games.
  57. The person in charge of this decision will not be fired, as he should be.
  58. George Frazier will talk about Oklahoma during a broadcast.
  59. Jenny Cavnar will continue her excellent work in the studio and at Coors.
  60. People on Twitter will complain about Drew Goodman’s play by play even though he’s pretty damn good.
  61. When the Rockies have early success or win a few games or series in a row, about half of the Denver media will prove they have no idea what is going on with the Rockies when they are forced to focus on the local nine for a few days.
  62. The Denver media will be stoked when July rolls around because they can focus on the Broncos’ stretching and jogging around in shorts for a few weeks before playing pretend games for a month.
  63. An employee of the San Francisco Giants will say something stupid about the Rockies.
  64. Dick Monfort will say something stupid about the Rockies.
  65. Jeff Bridich will seriously consider trading Troy Tulowitzki, but the young pitching staff and position playing prospects will show just enough promise to convince Bridich the team can contend in 2016 with its current core.
  66. Jeff Bridich will seriously consider trading Carlos Gonzalez, but the young pitching staff and position player prospects will show just enough promise to convince Bridich that the team can contend in 2016 with its current core.
  67. After the year, we still won’t be positive that Jeff Bridich knows what he’s doing, but we’ll all be a little more confident in the guy.
  68. With Bill Geivett gone, we will begin to see Walt Weiss’ true colors as a manager, though I’m not sure what those are yet.
  69. The $2 bag of peanuts I have been buying from the same guy outside of the home plate entrance for just about 20 years will somehow be slightly smaller than last year.
  70. The new metal detectors will make getting in to any remotely popular game any time near the scheduled first pitch an absolute disaster. (Especially on Friday. That’s gunna take hours.)
  71. Some half-drunk 22-year-old will stand in my section at a game and emplore the masses to start The Wave.
  72. I will politely request that this person put a stop to his actions.
  73. The Tooth Trot will still be a thing.
  74. Dinger will jump around behind home plate during the 9th inning.
  75. Dinger will continue to be an embarrassment.
  76. Dinger will conintue to be the worst mascot in sports.
  77. The Party Deck will be packed on a nightly basis with people who literally could not tell you what team the Rockies are playing.
  78. Coors Field will continue to be the most beautiful ball park in the country.
  79. I will go to Coors Field on a sunny summer Sunday afternoon or an impossibly pleasant Friday night and I’ll sneak into great seats and I’ll sip beer and I’ll crush peanut shells with my sandals and I’ll yell things that confuse children and I’ll get looks from people for clapping loudly and I’ll truly appreciate the most beautiful game on earth and I’ll be completely content with everything in my life, if only for a few hours.

No weekly departments this week but a whole bunch of fun stuff worth your time:

We’ll start with a couple videos from MLB to help get you pumped for the new season. First THIS:

And this next one is right up my alley. Player’s acting out Terrance Mann’s famous “People Will Come” speech?! Pretty cool

Everyone’s impression of James Earl Jones sucks.

The MLB Vine of the year might have come out of Washington yesterday:

College basketball happened this week, too!

Here’s the play of the game from the game of the year, when Wisconsin took down Kentucky.

The fun didn’t carry over for Wisconsin through last night’s championship game, though. I present, “Sad Teletubby”:

These do not look like human hands. Jahill Okafor palming a basketball.

Just stop it, Steph Curry. I’m kiddin’ he should definitely keep doing awesome stuff like this. (The behind-the-basket view is the best.)

Here’s the Vine:

This new Nike Golf commercial featuring Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy is pretty damn awesome:

This week’s Sports Illustrated has a nice feature on Garrett Grayson. The story isn’t online yet, but here’s how it looked in the magazine. (Magazines are things made out of paper that people used to subscribe to and purchase at stores. You can read them without any electronics.)

While we’re on the topic of CSU football, here’s the latest “The Grind”. These are still awesome. It’s pretty cool to get an early glimpse into Bobo’s coaching style.

And finally, this video means it is officially, officially, officially baseball season. Pretty strong version this year featuring Ron Hunter falling off his stool and crying piccolo girl.

Happy Tuesday everybody. Thanks for reading. If you’re heading out to The Keg on Friday, I hope you have a blast. See ya next week.

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What’s Going On With The Rockies?

Welcome to the 63rd edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where we’re talking some Rockies in a pretty big post. Let’s get into it…

Adam Ottavino, the Rockies’ best reliever, gave up a walk-off homer to a dude that doesn’t hit homers Sunday. It was a fittingly nonsensical and brutal end to an absolutely horrendous road trip. (Tony Dejak/AP)

A while back I mentioned how tough the month of May would be for the Rockies, highlighted by a perilous nine-game road trip through Atlanta, Cincinnati and Cleveland. Sure enough, things went quite poorly. How ’bout a quick recap?

It was a bad trip before it even started.

The Thursday before the Rockies headed east, they hosted the rival Giants for a crucial rubber match day game. The game was suspended in the sixth inning after heavy rain, lightning, thunder, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, wild fires, El Ninos, cyclones and nor’easters moved into the Denver area. The stormy skies would prove ominous.

Suspending that game meant wasting a start from Jorge De La Rosa, arguably the National League’s best pitcher in the month of May and taking away a very winnable game and series against the Giants. It also took four and a half hours to wrap things up on a getaway day before traveling to the East Coast which, of course, cost the Rockies two more hours.

So yeah, it was literally a crappy road trip before it even started.

Then in the second inning of the first game– THE SECOND INNING OF THE FIRST GAME!– Nolan Arenado, a would-be all-star and one of the most important players on the roster, broke his finger diving into second base. It seemed like a huge loss at the time. It would seem larger and larger after each of the next eight games.

The Rockies would win one of three against the Bravos. Honestly, not all that bad considering the Rockies are 3-88 in Atlanta the past ten seasons.

The Philadelphia series sucked. Started with a blowout loss. Then a fairly comfortable win (in which the Phils’ Ben Revere hit his first Major League home run in his 1,566th plate appearance. I’m tellin’ ya, this road trip was weird.). Then the third game was a gruesome kick to the nuts. And shins. And face.

The Rockies played like crap but got a miraculous go-ahead, eighth-inning homer from DJ Lemahieu– his first of the year (weird!). With a one-run lead, the Rockies committed two egregious errors in the ninth inning (weird!). Closer LaTroy Hawkins was removed with two outs in favor of Boone Logan for the lefty-on-lefty matchup vs. Chase Utley (pretty weird). Game tying single. Walk-off three run homer.

Games like that are difficult to come back from. The Rockies didn’t.

They went into Cleveland and got swept, utilizing two more dramatic kicks to the nuts on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, Adam Ottavino served up a walk-off to Michael Bourn. Adam Ottavino has been the Rockies best reliever all year. Michael Bourn had hit one home run prior to that one. That was, like, the last thing I expected while watching that at bat. Anyway, it was a fitting end to the road trip because it made no sense and was just brutal for the Rockies and their fans.

Just about the only thing going well for the Rockies is the pitching of De La Rosa. The other four starters were pretty much awful for the entire trip. So were Cargo and Tulo and the rest of the lineup. (They went an astonishing 7-62 with runners in scoring position in the nine games. SEVEN FOR SIXTY-TWO!) The bullpen was also bad.

So now the Rockies come back home for ten games at The Keg and I have absolutely no idea what to expect from this homestand. I could easily see the Rockies going 9-1 and making everything feel swell again. Or I could see them going 3-7, calling it a year, proving the naysayers correct and allowing the Denver media to do what they love to do and focus on the Broncos’ OTAs all summer. Make no mistake, the next ten ballgames will go a long way in determining whether the Rockies hang around this season.

Eddie Butler struck out 25 batters in 27 2/3 Double-A innings.

The time to see Eddie Butler in a Rockies uniform is approaching quickly. (Rich Crimi/Tulsa Drillers)

The hottest topic surrounding the Rockies is what to do with the rotation. One way or another, Franklin Morales absolutely can not be allowed to make another start. Juan Nicasio is a very shaky fourth starter. Jhoulys Chacin, the Rockies best starter last year, looks like a shell of himself. There is help waiting in the minors, but whether or not the young guns are ready remains a foggy picture.

Jon Gray is the Rockies’ most prized prospect. It sounds like they’re not ready to call him up, which isn’t all that surprising. People seem to forget that a year ago he was pitching in the College World Series. That’s a long way from Coors Field.

Eddie Butler is the other young hype machine in Tulsa, but he’s had a bumpy road of late and it’s clear the Rox want to exercise caution in how they handle his ascent to The Bigs.

Tyler Matzek was making a push as the most likely call-up from Colorado Springs, but he threw a wrench in that plan by getting lit up Sunday.

Here’s what I’d like to see:  Immediately move Morales to a long-inning relief role and call up Matzek to take his place in the rotation. Matzek doesn’t have quite the potential of Butler and Gray so there is less long-term risk if he flames out. His last AAA outing was rough, but who cares? Let’s see if the guy can make a positive impact.

If the homestand starts out shaky and the third and fourth wheels look like they’re about to fall off (the first two are long gone) call up Butler and move Nicasio to the ‘pen in place of Morales or Nick Masset. At that point the season would be teetering towards irrelevance. At some point you have to say Screw It and throw your cards on the table. Butler could be your ace in the hole. You have to play that card while you’re still sitting at the table. Butler (and maybe also Gray in a couple months) could have the impact that Gerrit Cole had in leading Pittsburgh to the playoffs after he was called up in early June last year.

If Morales makes another start, you’re insulting every player on the team and sending a horrible message to your fans. So call up Matzek right away and be very, very ready to pull the trigger on Butler.

But the biggest problem the Rockies have might not have much to do with the Rockies. The Giants never lose. They just win… like, every game. They have baseball’s best record and are 17 games over .500. Their hot streak coupled with a Rockies’ 2-7 road trip means the Rockies are very suddenly 8 1/2 games out of first place. If that getaway day game doesn’t get suspended and the Rockies win, Colorado would have been two games back. That’s a very dramatic turn in less than two weeks.

Being 8 1/2 back on June 3rd is not a desirable position, but it’s not a death sentence either. I remain convinced the Giants will come crashing back to earth in a big way. (Statistically, they are incredibly lucky.) So all things considered I’m not ready to quit on this club. June is the time to make a move, with 16 of the next 27 games at home. Even after that stretch, the Rox will still have played 5 more road games than home games.

So the schedule has been pretty rough but if the Rox are as talented as I’m inclined to believe, things should improve now. Pretty much every team in baseball will go through a rough stretch involving a tough road trip. The response to that stretch is what’s important. The Rockies need to respond right now.

But really, let’s just be glad that damn road trip is over.

Off to the weekly departments…

Douche of the week:

Lance Stephenson tried really hard to get inside LeBron’s head in the Eastern Conference Finals. He made it into LeBron’s ear, but that’s about it.

via @cjzero

I’m not exactly a LeBron fan, but his reaction here is just perfect. Kills me every time.

And don’t worry! The ear-blowing was the most famous incident, but Game 6 provided us with two more great Stephenson GIFs.

Just slapping people in the face…

@_MarcusD_

Udonis Haslem wasn’t entertained and notified Stephenson, saying, “I’m going f*** you up. That’s Real.” (Sorry for the coarse language inside that tweet, I can’t change those letters to asterisks.)

Thanks for douchin’ it up, Lance.

Speaking of the NBA, a couple weeks ago I predicted the Spurs would beat the Heat for the title. I’ll stick with that. It’s hard to root for either team, but it should be an awfully entertaining series. The Spurs are a truly unbelievable organization. I have no idea how they keep doing this every year, and neither do you.

Stud of the week:

I don’t care what anybody says, that kid is a stud. He’s also now a rap star with his own version of the latest really popular and annoying song. I can’t decide if this video is horrible or awesome:

I guess I’ll go with awesome.

Which reminds me… I used to love the Spelling Bee. It generally came on unannounced sometime during my first week out of school, meaning daytime television was not yet depressing. Sleep in until about 10… Watch The Price Is Right… Flip to ESPN… Ohh look it’s that magical day when weird nerds take over the sports channel! I would sit on the couch on a beautiful summer day and watch those twitchy little homeschooled freaks for hours in awe of this certain population of the world I did not know existed. (Remember this seductress?) I still kind of don’t believe those kids are real people.

This was also pretty funny.

Tweet of the week:

Just in case you haven’t vomited yet today.

 

Vine(s) of the week:

This one’s pretty self-explanatory.

 

And here’s the fellas over at Purple Row using a Vine I made of a displeased Michael Cuddyer:

Apparently reading athletes’ lips as they cuss is an important theme this week.

And finally, I think somebody got into Daddy’s special water bottle.

Happy Tuesday everybody. Thanks for reading. See ya next week.

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Rockies 2014 Season Preview

Welcome to the 54th edition of Tuesdays With Mitch, where the long winter is officially over. Spring is here. Summer is coming. Baseball is back. For that, I’m tremendously excited. I have another big post this week. It’s time to talk Rockies. Isn’t that awesome?! It is. It’s very awesome. (Even if the weekly format of this blog means my Rockies preview comes a day late.) Let’s get into it.

The health of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez will go a long way in determining the success of the Rockies’ season. (Getty Images)

My official prediction for your 2014 Colorado Rockies:  85-77.

Yes, I’m predicting the Rockies will finish eight games over .500 and hang around in the Wild Card race late into the season. Like last year (when I predicted the Rockies record within one game, no big deal) it appears that I have a more favorable outlook on this team than most. Vegas set the Over/Under for wins at 76. Sports Illustrated picked them to finish 11th of 15 in the National League. ESPN says 75 wins and last place in the NL West.

When you live in Denver, saying the Rockies will suck is a trendy, easy thing to do. Ohh the Rockies… They’re never good. Their pitching sucks again right? The narrarative is a pretty simple one. But it’s mostly misguided this year (I think).

I’ll address the starting pitching in a moment, but let us first look at the most important issue facing the Rockies this year.

Without a doubt, the single biggest factor in the Rockies’ 2014 is the health of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez. Over the last five years, when CarGo and Tulo have both been in the starting lineup the Rockies are a different team. They are 231-211 (.523) when they both start. They are 155-213 (.421) when either Tulo or CarGo (or both) does not start, according to The Denver Post and Stats Inc.

One line regarding this stuff in Troy Renck’s Sunday feature that really resonated with me:  “And Gonzalez believes the pair is simply due a dose of good luck.” I couldn’t agree with that sentiment more.

Many of the injuries these guys have battled have been flukey and/or unlucky. Both players are young and healthy. They both take baseball and their careers very seriously. By all accounts, they both take care of remarkable care of their bodies. Injuries are impossible to predict, but at some point they should be able to put together a string of some healthy seasons… Right…? Maybe?

If they do, the Rockies should contend into September. Tulo and Cargo are two of the top-10 all-around players in the game. They should both be considered MVP candidates each year. When you take into account all five tools, they are far and away the best duo in baseball. Remember, before Tulowitzki got hurt last year he was playing at an MVP-level, leading one prominent Colorado blogger to ask if he is the best player in baseball. (Although these days if you attempt to make this argument for anybody other than Mike Trout, you’re pretty stupid.) Anyway, I’m expecting an enormous 2014 from Tulo.

Sidenote: The Tulowitzki trade rumors will heat up quickly if the Rockies don’t win games. There’s something to this. If the Rockies don’t make progress this year, there’s not much point in wasting Tulo’s prime in Denver. At some point it would be worth think about blowing everything up and starting over, which would undoubtably be frustrating for fans. That said, quit telling me he’s going to the Yankees because Derek Jeter is retiring. That’s dumb. The Yankees don’t have any attractive young trade pieces. The Rockies can be a perplexing organization, but even they are not just going to give away their best player because it makes for a good story in New York.

Now back to that starting pitching. We’re now two years removed from the four-man rotation and 75-pitch limit. That was a debacle that turned the Rockies into a laughingstock. Last year the Rockies’ saw unprecented success from the top of the rotation, with Jorge De La Rosa, Jhoulys Chacin and Tyler Chatwood all posting ERAs under 3.50. Those three combined to go 38-21. When you pitch half of your games at Coors Field*, those numbers represent a serious success.

*The media bias that might anger me the most is the discounting of Rockies’ offensive numbers because of the Coors Field factor, without any praise or consideration for the Rockies pitchers that have to deal with the challenges of the park. Seems like a pretty simple connection to me.

The back end of the rotation was a different story. Juan Nicasio was essentially the fourth starter. He went 9-9 with a 5.14 ERA. Not horrible. But not very good. The fifth spot in the rotation was a joke. The combination of Jeff Francis, Jon Garland, Chad Bettis, Roy Oswalt, Jeff Manship, Drew Pomeranz and Collin McHugh combined to go 8-32, which is, like… really bad.

Anyway, I’m fairly confident those big three will have good years again even though Chacin is out until the first week of May and Chatwood will miss his first couple starts and DLR didn’t look sharp and lost his composure last night.

Perhaps the key to the Rockies’ rotation is tonight’s starter, Brett Anderson. Anderson was the Opening Day starter for a good Oakland team last year, but he hurt his foot and only made five unproductive starts. If –hey there’s that word again!– he can win 12-15 games, the Rockies have a shot at a very good year.

Other key questions:

  • Will Nolan Arenado take the next step offensively? Arenado had a solid rookie year at the plate, but can he take a huge jump this year into the .300/25/90 range? It’s not out of the question.
  • When will we see Eddie Butler and Jon Gray? Hopefully you’ve heard of the promising young fireballers waiting in the Rockies’ farm system. I think fans should hope to see Butler in June and Gray in August. If one or both of these dudes comes up and pitches like it sounds like they’re capable of, things could get interesting.
  • Will center field be a black hole? Drew Stubbs, Charlie Blackmon, Corey Dickerson and Brandon Barnes are all in the mix to start some games in center field. Will anyone step up? Will some sort of platooon provide decent offense and viable defense? I’m kind of doubting it.
  • Is 41-year-old LaTroy Hawkins a legitimate closer?
  • Is paying Boone Logan more than $5 million per year a really stupid idea?
  • Will Justin Morneau start against left-handers? Last year in Minnesota he had 457 at-bats against righties (.280/15/61) and only 178 at-bats against lefties (.207/2/16).
  • Can Wilin Rosario catch the damn ball and hit 30 homers? One or the other would be great.
  • What kind of effect will the quirky early-season schedule have? The Rockies play 40 games in the first 42 days of the season, which is kind of insane. Also, 19 of their 29 games in April are against NL West teams. So a hot start could do wonders. Or a slow start could kill.
  • Is the Rooftop Party Deck thing going to be as cool as I am imagining? I’m betting yes on this one.
Jhoulys Chacin is probably the Rockies best pitcher. He needs to have another big year if the Rockies are going to contend.(Dustin Bradford, Getty Images)

Jhoulys Chacin is probably the Rockies best pitcher. He needs to have another big year if the Rockies are going to contend. (Dustin Bradford, Getty Images)

Here is my preseason awards list, because I know you’re very curious.

National League MVP:

  1. Bryce Harper
  2. Troy Tulowitzki
  3. Yadier Molina

American League MVP:

  1. Mike Trout
  2. Miguel Cabrera
  3. Wil Myers

National League Cy Young:

  1. Jose Fernandez
  2. Matt Cain
  3. Clayton Kershaw

American League Cy Young:

  1. Yu Darvish
  2. Justin Verlander
  3. David Price

Moving on to the weekly departments…

Tweet of the week:

That tweet came from the official account for Michigan basketball right after this Shot Of The Year that capped off yet another great weekend of great basketball:

via @sbnation

Pretty funny to listen to Jim Nantz, who I thought actually did a great job calling all the crazy action down the stretch. (I’m generally not a big Nantz guy.) He thought the shot was blocked. This one’s deflec– OHH HE MADE IT!

 

Stud of the week:

The Avalanche’s best player is out for four weeks and the first round of the playoffs. It’s a pretty devestating blow for a promising young team. But Matt Duchene is still a stud. Check out this series of Tweets he sent out after the word of his injury was released. Pretty classy with a good attitude.

Douche of the week:

Manhattan coach Steve Masiello lost out on a $5 million contract after it was revealed that he lied on his resume about graduating from college. At first I thought this was completely irrevelant to his job as a coach, but then people convinced me that lying on your resume is pretty douchey. What a crazy story though.

A few other things…

I have to show another Aaron Gordon GIF even though Arizona didn’t make the Final Four and made my bracket look even more stupid. This one is insane.

Gordonkaboom

Donnell Alexander is leaving the CSU program for some reason. Strange and unfortunate story here.

This little interaction with Chuck is pretty damn good.

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And finally, I am blatantly stealing this quote from Will Leitch’s Opening Day column, but it’s fitting for today’s post.

“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” — Rogers Hornsby

Happy Tuesday everybody. And happy Baseball Season. Thanks for reading. Enjoy the home opener on Friday if you’re lucky enough to attend (and even if you’re not). See ya next week.

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