Torrealba says spring doesn't matter
Catcher believes Cactus League success, failure meaningless
ST. LOUIS -- The Rockies enter 2008 with one member of the starting rotation with an ERA lower than 6.85 through Spring Training. Only Opening Day starter Jeff Francis' 3.00 was good. What does that mean?
Catcher Yorvit Torrealba said it means about as much as his own .425 Cactus League batting average.
"Everybody understands what they need to do to win," Torrealba said. "This game is all about making adjustments, and everybody in this room understands that. Obviously, a few guys didn't have a great spring, but that's in the past. They're smart. They should be all right.
"It's the same with my hitting. That's in the past. Everybody starts with the same batting average."
Torrealba, 29, has appeared in 440 Major League contests, but Monday was his first Opening Day.
"It's cool -- and I'll let you know after the game how cool it was," Torrealba said. "But after playing in the World Series, no one should be nervous about it."
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.