It’s a face-off between survivors of baseball danger this afternoon at Coors Field in Denver. The Colorado Rockies’ Juan Nicasio’s (2-0, 5.63) 2011 brush with death by line drive is well chronicled in these parts. Not as well known (at least to me) are the adventures of Arizona’s Brandon McCarthy (0-2, 7.47). Quoth the DP, McCarthy, who is out of Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, while pitching for Oakland last year, “was struck in the right side of the head by a line drive off the bat of the Angels’ Erick Aybar on September 5. McCarthy suffered an epidural hemorrhage, a fractured skull and a brain contusion and had to undergo emergency surgery.” Holy crap. Heads-up on the hill!
Game-time is 2:10 pm MDT as the Rockies look to sweep their third home series of 2013. The right-hander Nicasio, who also missed the better part of 2012 after knee surgery, went 5 innings in game 1 of Tuesday’s Arctic double-header, surrendering 4 runs on 6 hits with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts. He snared the win when Colorado dropped a 3-spot on the Mets after he’d completed his work. McCarthy, also a righty, has not been good in 2013, but he’s improving. He opened by allowing 6 runs in 5 innings against the Cards, gave-up 4 in 6-2/3 to the Pirates on April 9, and 3 in 4 innings to the Yankees in the Bronx on Tuesday.
Jordan Pacheco will start at 1st-base and hit 2nd in Walt Weiss’ Sunday lineup. Eric Young Jr is in center for Dexter Fowler and Jonny Herrera’s at 2nd for Josh Rutledge. AJ Pollock has been all over Kirk Gibson’s Arizona lineup in the series. He’s hitting 8th today with Gerardo Parra back in left-field and Miguel Montero behind the plate. Edgmer Escalona’s buddy Eric Chavez gets the start at 3rd-base.
The Rockies got what appears to be good news when Jhoulys Chacin showed-up for work Saturday feeling very little of the Left Oblique Tightness that shut him down after 6-1/3 Friday night. The MRI he reportedly received yesterday did not occur, but one is scheduled for Monday. Chacin will likely miss a start. Rumors Jamie Moyer has been contracted to take the turn are so-far unfounded.
Springtime in the Rockies is serving-up temperatures in the 60°s this afternoon under partly cloudy skies. A light breeze will blow across the field from left to right at 5 MPH with relative humidity around 30%. Jenny, Joel, Tracy, Jeff, Marc Stout, George, and Drew Goodman will assist the old hippie Doug Marino with the telecast on ROOT. Jack and Jerry are over on KOA 850 am as Colorado goes for 9 in a row.
Num-ber nine. Num-ber nine. Num-ber nine…
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