Jack Etkin, Forbes.com: Early Schedule Will Give Rockies A Feel For What's Ahead
By Jack Etkin/Forbes.com
The Rockies would welcome a fast start in any season, but never more so than the one that begins March 26.
And their early schedule does not work in their favor.
Obviously starting well is the goal of any team. But in the Rockies’ case, a repeat of last year could add to the frustration of third baseman Nolan Arenado and make him more inclined to push to be traded, convinced the Rockies can never be a sustained contender. He turns 29 next month. He has won seven Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers and is a five-time All-Star and wants to do more than add to his hardware collection. Namely, have a chance to play regularly in October.
The Rockies begin the season with a seven-game road trip, four games at San Diego and three at Los Angeles. They will play 13 of their first 18 games on the road, all but two against National League West foes. And 22 of the Rockies’ first 35 games will be on the road.
If the Rockies can master the Padres, it will go a long way toward avoiding the abyss they tumbled into to start last season. The Rockies will play 10 of their first 18 games against the Padres and then not see them again until June 19, followed by one series in August and a final one in September. In addition to this Padres overload and three games at the Dodgers, the 18-game stretch to begin the season includes two games against the Rangers and three at Arizona.