Revolution No. 9

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…

Gerardo Parra (L) LF
Martin Prado (R) 2B
Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B
Miguel Montero (L) C
Cody Ross (R) RF
Eric Chavez (L) 3B
Didi Gregorius (L) SS
AJ Pollock (R) CF
Brandon McCarthy (R) P
Eric Young (S) CF
Jordan Pacheco (R) 1B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Chris Nelson (R) 3B
Jonathan Herrera (S) 2B
Juan Nicasio (R) P



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Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

Something wrong with Helton? Two off days in row and a lefty going for Atlanta tomorrow.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Yes … forearm tightness or something

8 years ago

Chacin DL’ed and rob Scahill called up.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Tracy Ringolsby did talk about Cook but because he is struggling so bad that Chatwood will probably get called up later this week now that Chacin is on the DL. Chacin is expected to only miss 2 starts. Didn’t hear the Moyer rumor.

8 years ago
Reply to  Jeem

Jeem,it should be apparent that after the last 2 torturous seasons most of us have lost our sense of humor when it comes to the Rox.Was a good one although again I wasn’t sure it was tongue in cheek.Since I have nothing better to do than critique your generally excellent work,I would suggest that the pre/post game write-ups should be newsy accurate with editorializing/sarcasm reserved for the general comments section.That said-keep up the good work!–just an old farts opinion.

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