The Coors Effect

April 6, 2010 10:21 AM

Rockies pick up a win in season opener

Hopefully, the Rockies are done with slow starts.  In 2007 and 2009, the Rockies made the playoffs in spite of poor starts to the season; however, there's no guarantee that the team can get as hot as they did down the stretch, so these April games are important.  And the Rockies got off to a good start in ending that yesterday

The offense had a pretty good day, but yesterday's win was all about Ubaldo Jimenez.  The Rockies ace picked up his first win of the season after wiggling his way out of several jams.  Between eight hits and a walk, the Brewers had their chances against Jimenez but couldn't convert those chances into runs.

On the offensive side, Ian Stewart homered and Carlos Gonzalez had a 4-for-5 day at the plate.

Other notes:

-It looks like Dexter Fowler is on the wrong side of an outfield platoon with Seth Smith.  Entering the season, the Rockies were looking for a way to get more playing time for Smith, but the ultimate result is surprising.  Fowler has more potential than any of the other outfielders, and surely the Rockies would like for him to see regular at bats.  But that has to be balanced with the team's desire to win, and Smith clearly gives the team a better chance to win whenever he's in the lineup.  That said, more 0-for-4 days from Smith, and Fowler could find himself back in the lineup on a regular basis.

-With Huston Street out, the bullpen could be an ongoing issue.  Franklin Morales hardly looked spectacular in the ninth, and the seventh inning (pitched by Matt Belisle and Randy Flores) was very nearly a disaster, with Matt Daley having to get out of a bases-loaded jam.

Rockies top three of the game:

Ubaldo Jimenez: Clearly, Jimenez's pitching was a big reason for this win.

Ian Stewart: The Rockies' entire margin of victory came off the bat of Stewart, who homered in the second and drove in another run on a sac fly in the fourth.

Matt Daley: Daley faced one batter, but it's hard to imagine a more important at bat than one with the bases loaded in the seventh inning.  Inducing a pop up from Casey McGehee prevented a disaster.

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