With the release of the Colorado Rockies' 2011 season, let's take an early look at some intriguing series to watch next year. Of course, it's really too early to know which series will be important at this point, but these are just a few of the ones that stand out right now.
5. June 28-30, 2011 vs. Chicago White Sox
Ozzie Guillen, enough said.
4. Sept. 26-28, 2011 at San Francisco
The regular season will now end in September so the playoffs won't stretch into the World Series. You read it here first: The Colorado Rockies celebrate an NL West championship on one of these days. Rocktober 2011 will be tons of fun.
3. June 24-26, 2011 at New York Yankees
This will be the Rockies' first visit to the new Yankees Stadium. Colorado last visited the Yankees back in 2004 and were swept in a three-game series. This time the Rockies won't have the likes of Jeff Fassero and Aaron Miles on the roster. But can't you just wait to hear about how Carlos Gonzalez will look in a Yankees uniform when the Rockies need to trade him or let him go through free agency? No? That's what I thought.
2. July 14-17, 2011 vs. Milwaukee, July 18-21. 2011 vs. Atlanta
I'll combine these two series for one reason: they're the start of the second half of the season. The Rockies had a disastrous start to post-All-Star Break season but picked themselves up and are still in the playoff hunt in September. This will be a welcome change for the Rockies, who last opened the second half of the season at home in 2008. Win early, win often. Am I right?
1. April 1-3, 2011 vs. Diamondbacks
Baseball's back! After a five-month wait we finally get our boys of spring and summer back. This will be the first time the Rockies have opened the season at home since 2007, when they hosted the Diamondbacks. Let's hope for a different outcome this time around. The Rockies lost that game when LaTroy Hawkins allowed three runs in the eighth inning. The Diamondbacks are playing through some hard times right now and 2011 won't be much better, but we'll still have baseball back.