It’s… SURRENDER SUNDAY!

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.

SAN DIEGO (1-4)
Everth Cabrera (S) SS
Will Venable (L) CF
Mark Kotsay (L) RF
Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
Jedd Gyorko (R) 3B
Chris Denorfia (R) LF
Alexi Amarista (L) 2B
John Baker (L) C
Edinson Volquez (R) P
COLORADO (4-1)
Eric Young (S) RF
Dexter Fowler (S) CF
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Jordan Pacheco (R) 1B
Reid Brignac (L) 2B
Chris Nelson (R) 3B
Jonathan Herrera (S) SS
Jhoulys Chacin (R) P

 


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Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

“LaRussa memorial lineup”

Jeem, I like that. The irony is that LaRussa is perhaps my most despised man in all of baseball.

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
7 years ago

I like having DRL- Torrelaba matchup. That does mean we get Baby Bull again, which is okay, and as pointed out last night, it was an easy night for him behind the plate. I figured after the dive last night we would see Cuddy sit to rest the wrist. I wish we would see EYJr at 9 and Chacin at 8. I like the way that changes the dynamic. Lets hope Nelson does not sit, because it would be Herrera… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

If Helton sits today, will he also sit tomorrow against Baumgartner? Hmmm.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

Indeed it looks like a “Surrender Sunday” lineup. Four regulars are sitting today.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

B lineup for sure, but I still feel like we have a good chance to win. I knew Cuddyer would be off today because of a potential wrist issue from diving late last night. But Tulo off? Hmm.

As I said, I still like our chances because I have a lot of belief that our younger guys are going to be better this year than last, including EYJ, Pacheco and Nelson.

I foresee us winning 7-4 tonight.

TJinPhoenix
TJinPhoenix
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Prog-“young guys are going to better this year than last”…my thoughts (and hopes) exactly. If we wouldn’t have had the success with this lineup (or a close replica) in Milwaukee I would have worried today. But it seems there’s a confidence….

One at a time boys… Go get ’em.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

See if this works.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

[IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v260/eehrbar/fowler.jpg[/IMG]

How about now?

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

Sunday lineup worked like clockwork today. 2-0 so far in series play.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Nine runs put up by the B squad, not bad. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cargo and Helton sit tomorrow against the tough Giant lefty.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

I sure enjoy looking at the standings and see the Rox looking down on the Dodgers, Giants, and Padres while looking sideways at Arizona. I sure hope that will last another 156 games. 🙂

sdcarp
sdcarp
7 years ago

Lets go 3-3 on this road trip!

IggyRox
IggyRox
7 years ago

Still have no delusions of grandeur, but so far they are all I wanted out of this season… a team that was fun to watch. The rest is gravy. Props to WW and the entire Rockies organization for a nice start. Let’s see how that translates out west.

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Wow! 5 and 1. I’ll take it. I’ve been tied up with other stuff for the past few months and haven’t even looked at this site for a month or so. My loss. A few observations so far. Having Tulo back at short makes the whole infield better and Cargo, wow. Remember just a year ago there was lots of noise that Dex should just bat right-handed, he would never master switch-hitting. So far he’s proving a lot of us… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Walt Weiss can do no wrong! Literally. Not since opening day in Milwaukee when he pulled Belisle after one batter. Nearly every other move he’s made has worked like a charm, from pinch hitting Cuddy (homer) to playing Herrera (3 hits and a big bloop RBI) to dropping Dex to 2nd today so he could plate EY to using Volstad for that one out in Milwaukee … hey, it’s fun, I won’t complain about anything today.

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