Rockies’ forecast: A winning April
The Denver Post
For your Colorado Rockies, April losses are as commonplace as April (snow) showers. In the club’s first 17 seasons, it’s had a winning April just five times. The franchise’s overall April record is 178-209 (.459)
But this spring, hope really is in full bloom, and not just because – on paper – the Rockies look like a contender. They have a favorable schedule, too.
ESPN’s Buster Olney did the legwork on all the team’s early-season schedules and the Rockies’ road doesn’t look rocky at all. In fact, they have the fourth-easiest early-season schedule in the National League. Again, on paper.
Writes Olney: “19 of their first 37 games are at home. Games against teams that finished over .500 in 2009: 15 of their first 37.
“Meat-grinder stuff: Colorado, like the Dodgers, has a very nice early schedule, with 14 of its first 37 games against the Nationals and Padres. But from April 30 thru May 9, the Rockies do have a classic NL West road trip that takes them through San Francisco, San Diego and L.A.”
Rockies manager Jim Tracy is acutely aware his team must get out of the gate quickly for a change. He addressed that very topic in The Post’s first addition of “Fan Mail.” last month.
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Jeff Shiffrin, with his wife, Eileen, made the Vail area their home decades ago, and together raised Mikaela and Taylor Shiffrin, who was a member of the two-time NCAA Champion University of Denver Ski Team.