Contender Confrontation

The Rockies blew into Atlanta Sunday night on the high of a nail-biting victory over the Padres and right into a short-sleep battle against the NL wild-card leading Atlanta Braves and a buzz-saw named Kris Medlen.  It was a “welcome to September” challenge for Colorado, in their sole series against a less familiar out-of-division contender as the season approaches the home stretch.  They’ll send rookie left-hander Drew Pomeranz (1-8, 5.13) to the Turner Field mound at 5:10 MDT tonight against the Braves’ struggling right-hander Tommy Hanson (12-7, 4.45).  Pomeranz has made it beyond the fourth inning only once since August 1, and took the loss last Wednesday versus the Dodgers, when he gave up 5 earned runs in 4 innings on 6 hits but zero walks.  He struck-out 4.  Hanson hasn’t made it out of the fifth in his last two outings, both losses, surrendering 4 runs on 7 hits in 4 1/3 against the Giants on August 23 and 3 on 8 hits in 4 2/3 Wednesday versus San Diego.

MFL Tracy is rolling-out the most recent version of the first string to deal with Hanson tonight.  Wilin Rosario is catching and hitting clean-up.  DJ LeMahieu is at 2nd-base.  Atlanta’s Fredi Gonzalez has Reed Johnson batting 2nd in left-field and David Ross starts again at catcher for Brian McCann.

It is muggy in the ATL.  Temperatures at game time will be falling from around 78° but humidity will be 80% and rising.  Wind will be calm, out of the south at 5 to 6 mph.  Rockies radio is on KOA 850 am. ROOT has the TV.

COLORADO (55-78)
Dexter Fowler (S) CF
Josh Rutledge (R) SS
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Tyler Colvin (L) RF
Jordan Pacheco (R) 1B
Chris Nelson (R) 3B
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Drew Pomeranz (R) P
ATLANTA (76-59)
Michael Bourn (L) CF
Reed Johnson (R) LF
Chipper Jones (S) 3B
Freddie Freeman (L) 1B
Martin Prado (R) 2B
Jason Heyward (L) RF
David Ross (R) C
Paul Janish (R) SS
Tommy Hanson (R) P

 


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Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Did Jim Tracy just let Carlos Torres hit for himself, only to pull him for Brothers to start the bottom half of the inning? (Yeah, I know it worked tonight, but that’s beside the point.) Up until this Rockies season I’d seen that happen maybe a handful of times in my entire baseball-obsessed life. In this season alone, that must be half a dozen times. And with expanded rosters, I’m not sure what the MFL is thinking these days …

jaredean
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jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

it sounds like he was waiting for them to announce Constanza as the pinch hitter before he brought in Brothers for the match-up…he played like he was going to keep Torres in so they would choose the pinch hitter based on that before pulling him…if that was the reason then i can see it being a good strategy…

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

WT … did I just hear Tracy Ringolsby actually acknowledge there may be something to this wacked out rotation stuff? Something that he hasn’t been on board with?

Maybe the humidity @ 1,000′ is have some affect on him.

Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High
8 years ago

I’m starting to like the 75-pitch limit on the starters because I cringe when I see the SP throwing a lot of balls and falling behind hitters. Eventually they would get hit hard. Then pull the starter before the damage starts and the hitters can’t get into a rhythm. Tonight was a perfect example of how it works out well.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

I can’t believe this crazy plan is actually working,but it seems to despite all our derisive comments[mine included]!Maybe DOD is the best GM in baseball after all.This out of the box thinking has our ROX 16-13 in August,and posting winning road trips no less.

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