Juan Nicasio got his first win of the season in his first start on Wednesday night. The Colorado Rockies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-3 and began this Major League Baseball year by beating the Brewers two out of three.
Nicasio pitched a solid six innings. He gave up two earned runs, seven hits, two walks and a home run. That’s what the Rockies need every night out of Nicasio. He has the ability to do it but can he, at 26, stay focused on what he’s paid to do?
Before the game with the San Diego Padres today, Nicasio and teammate Edgmer Escalona had to be separated. Apparently they got in a bickering bout while stretching. Escalona spoke after the scuffle, “We got a little excited. It’s no big deal. I wish it would not have happened, but we are friends. He comes over to my place and cooks. We are like brothers,” Nicasio said, via The Denver Post. “We are good.”
At 26, both men have a promising future. Escalona is a bullpen pitcher, and Nicasio is a starter. Makes you wonder if that’s what the tussle was about?
Nicasio needs to stay focused. He has risen to the starting rotation, and he doesn’t need something silly to get him off track. Nicasio can help the Rockies win more games. After a dismal finish in the basement of the National League West with a 64-98 record, the Rockies have now won three out of four.
First year manager, Walt Weiss, will hold Nicasio accountable for his actions. Nicasio has a 7-7 record in two years and one game, so he needs to get his mind on his next start. He looked good in the first game, but it’s only the first one.