FirstLook: Rockies @ Dbacks, 4.29.15

The Rockies enter Game 21 with no established identity. The offense, still leading the NL in batting average, is not producing runs at a commensurate rate – only 87, 7th in the NL. The bullpen, as many predicted, is showing signs of wear and tear, with the loss of Adam Ottavino for what may be a prolonged period a huge setback. The starters have generally been pelted, and their numbers inflated even more because they just have to stay in the game. The team is too good to be bad, but not quite good enough to be exciting.

That said, the Rox are a descent matchup with the Diamondbacks. A tired Dbacks pen may be in for a huge test in tonight’s rubber match if Collmenter is not up to the task. The Rockies need to establish a lead early, keep Lyles out of big trouble in the middle of the Dbacks lineup, and play the type of defense we are used to.

On a personal note, it’s been a tough week for the Dbacks faithful. The news that Kirk Gibson is suffering from early stage Parkinson’s disease was a blow, our prayers and thoughts are with him. The injury to Archie Bradley could have been far, far worse, ditto there. That was one walkoff I don’t mind seeing for the other team.

And, watching a baseball game in Baltimore with empty seats and a few fans scattered around the exterior fence on Eutaw Street was rather surreal. It’s a reminder that this is still just a game, and there are more important things in life.

Arizona Diamondbacks
CF: Ender Inciarte
2B: Chris Owings
1B: Paul Goldschmidt
RF: Mark Trumbo
LF: David Peralta
3B: Yasmany Tomas
C: Jordan Pacheco
SS: Nick Ahmed
SP: Josh Collmenter

Rockies
CF: Charlie Blackmon
LF: Corey Dickerson
SS: Troy Tulowitzki
1B: Justin Morneau
3B: Nolan Arenado
RF: Carlos Gonzalez
C: Nick Hundley
2B: Daniel Descalso
SP: Jordan Lyles

What we’re watching:

Trumbo is about to go on a rampage
This is a guy that, if healthy, can hit 40 HR
Last night was just the beginning – hopefully it’s not more tonight

Get into the Dbacks pen early
Taxed by Bradley emergency, not that solid to start with
Dbacks pen is very high 81% contact rate

Stay out of leverage
Lyles leading the rotation in WHIP at 1.297
Right handers are hitting .167, slugging .220
With RISP, overall average goes up to .360

Career against Collmenter:
Charlie Blackmon 5-for-10 (.500), 1 2B
Nick Hundley 5-for-11 (.455), 1 HR, 1 2B
Carlos Gonzalez 5-for-12 (.417), 2 HR, 2 2B

Career against Lyles:
Mark Trumbo 4-for-12 (.333), 3 HR
Paul Goldschmidt 3-for-9 (.333), 1 2B

Lyles in previous outing:
6.2 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 K

96 pitches, 52 strikes
55% FF
16% FT
13% SL
11% CU
4.2% CH

Nearly abandoned change up, went to more 4 seam fastballs.
Averaging 92.5 mph on 4 seamer.

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