Three games have passed since the Colorado Rockies’ Walt Weiss made his Major League debut as a manager. And boy has he made it look easy.
But with 159 games still yet to be played, it’s way too early to start his NL Manager of the Year campaign.
In a language that most professional athletes understand and use, Weiss will most likely take his new job one day at a time.
On day No. 3 — Wednesday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers — Weiss opted to give first baseman Jordan Pacheco, third baseman Reid Brignac and outfielder Eric Young Jr., their first starts of the season.
Heck, if Weiss had butterflies in his stomach prior to his first game as manager, there was a pretty good chance that these three players wanted to get some innings and at-bats under their collective belts as well.
Young and Brignac had made brief appearances in Monday and Tuesday’s games, respectively, notching one at-bat apiece, but those weren’t nearly enough. So Weiss decided that Wednesday was the right time to give each of them some real playing time.
Brignac responded with two hits in four trips to the plate, driving in one run and scoring twice. With a hit in Tuesday’s lone at-bat, he raised his season batting average to .600.
Young had a hit in three at-bats, with a walk. He also drove in a run.
Pacheco went 2 for 4 with a run and a walk.
The Rockies broke Wednesday’s 2-2 tie in the fifth inning when Pacheco hit a lead-off double and scored on a one-out double by Brignac. Brignac scored on Young’s two-out single.
Weiss, with his usual solemn expression, must have been grinning from ear to ear inside.
The only move that didn’t work out for Weiss during the series in Milwaukee came in the first game when he handed a two-run lead to relief pitcher Wilton Lopez. Lopez blew the lead and the Rockies eventually lost the game, but you can’t blame Weiss for that move. Any manager with Lopez in his bullpen would have done the same thing in that situation.
With the San Diego Padres coming to town on Friday, it’ll be interesting to see what other decisions Weiss will produce to help the Rockies win. With a team full of players willing and anxious to help the cause, those choices will most likely become easier and easier.