With a 7-5 record halfway through spring training, the Rockies seem to be on the upswing after a horrendous 2012 season. Manager Walt Weiss has been a breath of fresh air in the clubhouse.
“He’s a low-key guy, but there’s no mistaking his intensity,” Denver Post reporter Patrick Saunders wrote in a column this week “He’s allowing players to have ownership of the team, but I sense they respect him and will play hard.”
After a 2012 season that earned Carlos Gonzalez his first All-Star and Golden Glove honors, he did not take any time off.
“CarGo is in great shape and is playing terrific baseball,” wrote Saunders, who noted that Gonzalez came in to the 2012 preseason out of shape.
The major concern for the Rockies still resides in the bullpen, which has been a roller-coaster ride thus far. Juan Nicasio, who is expected to lead the crew with Jorge De La Rosa, has had his ups and downs this spring. Nicasio has a 5.4 ERA so far in 6.2 innings pitched, with six strike outs. De La Rosa hasn’t looked in sync this spring with his 7.36 ERA in just 3.2 innings pitched. Hopefully, the $11 million man will be able to find his groove come April 1 when the regular season begins.
Overall, if spring training is any sign for how the Rockies will fare this season, then fans can expect much more from their squad this season.