The long grind of spring training is almost over.

It began Feb. 10 when the Rockies' pitchers and catchers reported to Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz. It ends Saturday afternoon at Spring Mobile Ballpark in Salt Lake, where the Rockies and Seattle Mariners play, mercifully, their final exhibition game.

That's 49 days and 33 games. That's a lot of hits, runs, errors, quotes, highlights, lowlights, sunflower seeds and bubble gum. Here is my take on the Rockies' desert adventure this year:

• Best starting pitcher: Left-hander Jeff Francis, far and away, was Colorado's most consistent performer. Everybody else in the starting rotation throws harder than Francis, but no one executes the game plan better. We'll see how that transfers to the regular season.

• Most disappointing pitcher: I hate to break it to you, but opening-day starter Jhoulys Chacin clinched this dubious achievement with his final Cactus League start. The right-hander doesn't have overpowering stuff, so he has to keep the ball down and use his changeup effectively. He did neither in the Cactus League, hence his 8.44 ERA.