Colorado ran its winning streak to three after its first comfortable win of the season by beating Oakland 8-3 on Tuesday night. Antonio Senzatela battled out of a jam in the first inning and picked up his first win of the season in the process. His final line: 5 innings, 2 runs, 6 hits, 3 strikeouts and 3 walks. Not incredible, but if the Rockies can get that on a consistent basis from their fourth starter it should be more than enough.
On the offensive side of things, Sam Hilliard went 2-for-5 with a double and two-run home run in the fourth inning off A’s starter Daniel Mengden. Every Colorado starter got at least one hit in the game, something that only happened twice last season, although in most of their games last year the Rockies didn’t have the benefit of the DH.
The Rockies and A’s finish off their short two-game series this afternoon (1:40 p.m., AT&T SportsNet, 850AM) with Germán Márquez taking on Oakland’s Frankie Montas.
- Colorado manager Bud Black talked about how the Rockies are handling the MLB season so far, especially with the COVID-19 outbreak the Miami Marlins are experiences.
John Elway and Vic Fangio held their opening press conferences to begin Training Camp on Tuesday. Here is what we learned:
Defensive tackle Kyle Peko is the first Broncos player to opt out of the season due to COVID-19 concerns. Players have until Saturday to opt and and when asked if other players will opt out Elway said “There have been some rumblings about a couple of guys but haven’t heard anything else yet.”
Denver made moves to get its roster down to 80 players. Left tackle Elijah Wilkinson was put on the physically unable to perform list. While they waived rookie wide receiver Zimari Manning and placed rookie guard Netane Muti on the non-football injury list. Muti and Wilkinson are eligible to return at any time, but once they are taken off the lists they can’t be put back on.
Elway said that the Broncos and safety Justin Simmons were never close to getting a long-term contract done this offseason.
Bradley Chubb is not 100% yet, but according to Fangio “he’s pretty damn close.” Chubb is expected to practice with the team at the beginning of camp.
Fangio also said he senses a new “hunger, attitude” with linebacker Von Miller.
And both Elway and Fangio talked about the challenges ahead for the 2020 season as a whole.
- Broncos president/CEO Joe Ellis said the team will support players if they choose to kneel during the national anthem.
- Meanwhile, The Denver Post‘s position-by-position breakdown focused on special teams.
- Yesterday TheAthletic.com ranked quarterback Drew Lock as a fourth tier QB heading into the season. PFF.com released its QB tiers list as well this week, and they had Lock in the fourth tier as well.
- TheAthletic.com has an ongoing list of all the NFL players who are opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns.
The Avs return to the ice today to a play a game for the first time since mid-March as they take on the Minnesota Wild in an exhibition game in Edmonton.
The puck drops at 12:30 p.m. and while be televised on Altitude.
The Avs and Wild likely will have a show of unity before the game similar to what Pittsburgh and Philadelphia did on Tuesday. The Penguins and Flyers stood together on the same blue line during the playing of the American and Canadian national anthems as a show of support for racial inequality and against police brutality.
- TheAthletic.com anonymously surveyed 20 NHL head and assistant coaches ahead of the NHL restart and a couple of the answer should be encouraging to Avs fans.
When asked “Which star player has the ability to carry his team to a Stanley Cup?” Nathan MacKinnon was the runaway winner with 45% of the vote. Sidney Crosby was next highest at 20%.
When asked “Which player returning from injury will make the biggest impact?” Colorado’s Mikko Rantanen came in third behind Seth Jones and Jake Guentzel.
And lastly, Denver received one vote when asked “If you could have picked your ideal hub city, where would it be?”
A day after an impressive debut in the Nuggets’ final scrimmage rookie Michael Porter Jr. brought controversy onto himself during a Q&A on Snapchat.
Porter was asked if the coronavirus was being used to scare people and this is how he responded.
“(It’s) being used for population control in just terms of being able to control the masses of people. Because of the virus, the whole world is being controlled. I mean, you’re required to wear masks, and who knows what will happen when this vaccine comes out? You might have to have the vaccine in order to travel.”Michael Porter Jr.
He went on to say he’s never been vaccinated in his life and added that during the NBA shutdown he was playing 5-on-5 with his friends in Missouri because “guys down there really weren’t paying the virus too much attention early on.”
- In on the court action, TheDNVR.com’s Harrison Wind wrote about how if the Jamal Murray and Porter we saw on Monday night, show up for the reason of the season and playoffs the Nuggets could make a deep run.
Colorado landed its 10th commit for 2021 class with 3-star safety Trevor Woods.