Call them cliches, call them redundant statements, but no matter what you do, you must call them the truth.
Major League Baseball's regular season is a very long one, and even at the end of April, we'll all still be able to confidently say, "there's still plenty of baseball yet to be played."
The Colorado Rockies opened their 2014 season with a loss at the hands of a Florida Marlins team that lost 100 games last year.
For Colorado, starting pitching was not the unraveling that did them in in this one, it was a combination of an ineffective offense that was miffed by sophomore starting pitcher Jose Fernandez. To make matters worse, they received struggling performances from Rockies' bullpen men Wilton Lopez and Chad Bettis.
Jose Fernandez was the real deal last year, snagging the National League's Rookie of the Year award, and yesterday he proved why he was. Fernandez kept just about every Rockies hitter off balance all game, with Carlos Gonzalez being the only one in the lineup that seemed to figure Fernandez out.
Gonzalez ended up getting two hits in four plate appearances, one which was a no-doubter that landed in the center field bleachers. The other knock was a single, but also had a line drive where Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria made a nice play on the ball.
Michael Cuddyer was the only other Rockie to net a couple hits as he sprayed two singles for the day. Admittedly, it was a bit odd to see Cuddyer batting from the two hole, but he did his job yesterday and should see some outstanding pitches to hit this year, barring injuries from Tulowitzki and Gonzalez.
Despite the five earned runs you'll see in the game's box score, that doesn't tell the complete story of De La Rosa's day.
De La Rosa, he and Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario were clearly not on the same page and it was noticeable for anyone who was watching the game last night. Frustrated with the signs being thrown down by Rosario, the two met on the mound and things didn't get any better. Jorge was done from there as he disappointingly loaded the bases before exiting.
Wilton Lopez was first in relief and promptly gave up a single, followed by a bases clearing double to put this game on ice.
Lopez, who in blowout games is a lights out pitcher, but when games are close, gives in too often, ended up having a calm and quiet rest of his appearance. Bettis followed Lopez out of the bullpen and finished off the game, but not before giving up three earned runs in only one inning of work.
Anytime a pitcher and catcher are not on the same page, like De La Rosa and Rosario were, bad things are going to happen. Again to keep it all in perspective, it's just day one and the next start these two have together will surely be better.
While it wasn't a great day for the Rockies, it was just that, one day. Today, Colorado will have Brett Andersen throwing for them and he is a very intriguing addition the Rockies made to their rotation during the off season.
He will oppose Marlins right-hander Nathan Eovaldi in game two of this four game series.