Game time is 2:10 pm at Coors Field in Denver. The Colorado Rockies will be looking for a sweep of the San Diego Padres and their fifth straight win as they send Opening Day starter Jhoulys Chacin (0-0, 1.35) to the mound to face Edinson Volquez (0-1, 18.00). The season is not yet a week old and the Rockies are looking to match their longest winning streak of 2012, for those of you that remember that cruel week in late May when the ball started to fly out of the old ball park. Honesty demands the assessment that the competition has been less than spectacular, although if I never see Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez again it’ll be too soon.
A character builder awaits out there in California, and for those looking for an extra dose of reality, Springtime in the Rockies will be featuring 6 inches of snow Tuesday morning.
But today’s task is Volquez and the Pads, who seem considerably less formidable than the group that started putting it together last July. Volquez, a right-hander who has quite frankly failed to live-up to his promise, got roughed-up in Queens on Monday. He allowed 6 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks to the Mets in 3 innings of an 11-2 San Diego loss, striking-out 4. Chacin, also a right-hander, was excellent by contrast, delivering 6 2/3 innings of 1-run/3-hit ball in Colorado’s only loss of 2013.
The Rockies are making a big deal about game time today, which has been moved-back to 2:10 pm MDT for Sunday games this season. For once here’s a management decision that’s pretty hard to fault, for any number of reasons, be they an extra hour of snooze for the players or more time in the morning for “church or golf” for fans, to quote Assistant GM Bill Geivett. Rockies Manager Walt Weiss’ lineup for the day game after night game has Jordan Pacheco hitting 5th at 1st-base for Todd Helton, Eric Young Jr leading-off in right-field for Michael Cuddyer, Reid Brignac hitting 6th at 2nd-base for Josh Rutledge, and Jonny Herrera in at shortstop for Troy Tulowitzski. It’s been decided Jorge De La Rosa will respond better to having Yorvit Torrealba yelling at him than Wilin Rosario, so the Baby Bull is on for his 4th straight start, batting clean-up.
It says the wind will be blowing-in at around 7 MPH this afternoon, this time from left-field. Temperatures will be in the low 60°s with humidity in the mid-20%s and falling. The contest is on television, as usual, with Drew and George, and on radio, as always, with Jerry and Jack.
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