It’s here. Opening Day is upon us. The Diamondbacks will open up their season tonight by kicking off a three-game series against the Rockies at Chase Field.
This offseason had a good feeling all the way through. The signings of Zack Greinke and Tyler Clippard, the trades for Shelby Miller and Jean Segura and a scorching-hot spring training all contributed to a optimisitc feeling heading into the season.
Then on Friday night, everything came crashing down. A.J. Pollock suffered a broken right elbow, sidlining him for possibly the entire season. This was just about the worst news short of relocation the Diamondbacks could have gotten. Replacing Pollock’s five-tool production will be no short task, and it could keep them out of playoff contention.
But Pollock notwithstanding, the Diamondbacks face a favorable opening series against the Rockies. The Rockies finished last in the NL West last year with a 68-94 record. Arizona must capitalize on games against bad teams if they want to contend this year.