Jorge Does LoDo

It’s a clash of titans tonight at Coors Field in Denver as the 59-94 Chicago Cubs visit the 59-94 Colorado Rockies. Colorado sends left-hander Jorge De La Rosa to the mound in what will be his only start of 2012 at the old ball yard.  De La Rosa made his first start since undergoing Tommy John surgery in June 2011 last Thursday in a losing cause to the Giants.  He allowed 5 earned-runs on 7 hits in 3 2/3 innings. The Cubs will roll-out a lefty as well, Chris Rusin (1-2, 6.00), who makes his fifth major league start. Rusin went 5 innings against the Reds a week ago, surrendering 5 runs on 10 hits for no decision in a 6-5 Cincinnati victory.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum’s lineup contains a number of names Rockies fans may remember from Colorado’s stop at Wrigley Field in late August, when they lost 2 of 3.  5′-9″ tall rookie Dave Sappelt is leading-off in right-field.  The MFL has shortstop Josh Rutledge leading-off for the Rockies.  Tyler Colvin bats 2nd in center-field for the ailing Dexter Fowler.  Andrew Brown will be in left; Matt McBride in right.

Rain is in the forecast for Denver this evening.  Temperature will drop into the 50s as the game progresses, and the chance of rain will increase in the middle innings.  Wind will blow-in from left-center at about 6 mph, and relative humidity will increase rapidly from 50% at game-time.  TV’s on ROOT Sports and radio is KOA 850 am.

CHICAGO (59-94)
Dave Sappelt (R) RF
Darwin Barney (R) 2B
Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
Alfonso Soriano (R) LF
Starlin Castro (R) SS
Welington Castillo (R) C
Josh Vitters (R) 3B
Joe Mather (R) CF
Chris Rusin (L) P
COLORADO (59-94)
Josh Rutledge (R) SS
Tyler Colvin (L) CF
Jordan Pacheco (R) 1B
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Chris Nelson (R) 3B
Andrew Brown (R) LF
Matt McBride (R) RF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Jorge De La Rosa (L) P

 


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Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Tracy lets Carlos Torres hit with runners on 2nd and 3rd, 1 out. Of course he doesn’t get the run home. Drew: “you don’t want to burn the only two position players you have available this early in the game.” Why on earth not? It’s raining … kind of hard. This game may be called after 5. There very likely won’t be a 9th inning SuperDuperOpportunity to play the awesome Charlie Blackmon card. And even if there is the Cubs… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Respectfully disagree Ag.I think the MFL has shown class,calm[which these kids need]and great patience given the hand he’s been dealt.I too have often been critical of JT’s moves when the team was trying to be competitive[2010;2011],but I honestly believe this has been his finest hour.If the team is going to be this young,and struggling again next year he might actually be the right man for the job.PLEASE SEND ALL HATE MAIL TO MY EX-WIFE.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Rutledge saves the day. Get in another inning and call this thing already!

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

And Giambi’s “virus” returned?! What is that?

jeem
jeem
8 years ago

It is odd. I am concerned he may be seriously ill.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  jeem

Yep, I thought it was a phony reason to put him on the DL back before rosters expanded. But then I remembered Giambi has had a history of unusual illnesses. And yes, there’s always been speculation that these may be tied to PED usage. Not saying that this one is (and I don’t even know what the virus is supposed to be now, and I’m certainly no expert), but any doc taking a history from him would likely be taken… Read more »

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

That’s too bad if it’s true. I thought he just had what I have: getting older. It’s irreversible, I hear.

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago

I haven’t paid attention to all the rookies out there, so perhaps there are others more deserving, but I’m sick and tired of hearing that Wilin isn’t a strong candidate because of all the passed balls. Defense sure as heck wasn’t a factor when Ryan Braun and his 26 errors beat out Tulo for the honor. He has better offensive numbers than even Johnny Bench when he won the ROY. Does anyone know that Bench had 18 passed balls that… Read more »

jaredean
Admin
jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in WV

I agree Bob – i’m still upset at Tulo not getting ROY instead of Braun…don’t like the guy. I think that if Wilin is going to be noticed, and I think a big part of the ROY award is the voters not going, “um…who is that again”…some of the ROY canidates actually play on teams that aren’t knocking on 100…Now, if he had won the player of the week (i heard he was in the running last week) or maybe… Read more »

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
8 years ago

On another subject, did you guys know the Rox have now had 37 taco games? That’s 24% of all games. Throw in another 16 games that they scored 6 runs and you have a team scoring 6 or more runs in 53 of 154 games. That’s better than once every three games. Just more exaspiration over this pitching situation.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Agree with both your posts Bob.Wilin may also be hurt by his own teammates drawing some votes,particularly Pachecco.Also Nelson’s numbers are better than alot of rookies,especially his RBI’s per at bat ratio.Truthfully,if we could get C.Lee,and R.Halliday,and a healthy DLR these kids could compete!The offense has been pretty darn awesome most of the year.I believe a couple of nights ago the Root crew said the ROX had scored 5 or more runs 34 times and LOST!

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Cool stat Bob. Does that mean Lansford’s job is safe?
Although on this team, performance has nothing to do with tenure.

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

Hate to be the curmudgeon around here but I don’t think two straight wins at home (one against the Cubs) makes up for the lousy season. Before this season I was a glass half full guy but I’m not as impressed about the rookies as some of you. Rosario can hit, we get it. But he’s still terrible behind the plate which is one of the reasons why the pitching has been bad. Rutledge can hit also but why isn’t… Read more »

jaredean
Admin
jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Hey Bill, not sure anyone on this site thinks two wins makes up for the lousy season at all…all of us are very much disappointed with the season and all of the things you mentioned factor into it… My thought on Rutledge not playing 2nd is that DJ LeMahieu is much better suited playing 2nd (he has only played 2 innings at short in his MLB “career”) and moving Josh over to 2nd means bringing in someone like Johnny Sparkplug,… Read more »

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