Six days ago right-hander Juan Nicasio (4-1, 4.47) was pitching to retain his spot in the Colorado Rockies starting pitcher rotation and the Major Leagues. The focus this afternoon, as Colorado squares-off against the San Francisco Giants in the middle game of a 3-game set, will be on whether Nicasio can sustain the dominance he exerted over San Francisco in Sunday’s 5-0 series-clinching victory. It’ll be a rematch. Lefty Barry Zito (3-3, 3.91) will go for the Giants at 2:05 pm MDT at AT+T Park in San Francisco.
It is alleged Nicasio “discovered” a 2-seam fastball during a bullpen session following his May 15 loss to the Chicago Cubs. The “miracle pitch” resulted in 6 3-hit shut-out innings with 5 strikeouts and a walk. Is the 2-seamer the elusive “out pitch” Nicasio has struggled to attain? We shall see. The Rockies defeated Zito for the first time since the Kennedy administration on Sunday. They nicked him for all 5 runs with 11 hits in 5-2/3 innings. They’ll be looking to put his hex on them away for good with another waxing today.
RWO’s ProgMatinee had been lobbying for a Nicasio-Yorvit Torrealba battery for weeks prior to the Sunday pairing and the results affirmed the wisdom of that suggestion. Torrealba is back for more success in Colorado manager Walt Weiss’ Saturday lineup. He hits 8th. DJ LeMahieu moves-up to 2nd and Jordan Pacheco slots into the 7-spot for Todd Helton. “Big Money Michael” Cuddyer is back in right-field after his strong return from the DL. Bruce Bochy apparently thought everything worked great last night and will roll-out the same group as Friday.
Thundershowers are expected at game time in the China Basin, with cloudy skies throughout the afternoon and temperatures in the middle 70°s. Relative humidity will be through the roof at around 75%, and to top it off the wind will blast away at 14 MPH, across and out toward left. It’s another non-black-out Saturday with Drew and Jeff handling the play-by-play on RoOT after a blissfully restrained “Fan Friday” broadcast. KOA 850 am has the radio account.
This business of falling-off ladders is having a curiously salutary effect on the Rockies, who evened the season series with the Giants at 4-4. They’ve beaten San Francisco 4 in a row and find themselves in a tie with Arizona atop the National League West. So to Bob in WVa, be careful with the Oxys. Like it’s not OK to drop one every time Eric Young plays a double into a triple. You’ll be addicted in two games.
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