Knuckle Ball and All

Colorado will play the first game of this 4-game series at Citi Field against the New York Mets.  This is also the first game on a 7-day, 7-game road trip at NYM (8/20-23) and at CHC (8/24-26).  The Rockies are coming off a 5-2 homestand vs. MIL (3-0, 8/13-15) and vs. MIA (2-2, 8/16-19).  Colorado earned a series split in the 4-game series vs. MIA yesterday by taking the final game of the set 3-2.  Colorado scored all three runs in the 4th inning on an RBI double from Dexter Fowler and a 2-run home run from Jordan Pacheco.  The Rockies are 3-3 on the road in August.  Today’s game is Colorado’s 11th contest on a 20-game stretch without an off day that spans from 8/10-29 (6-4).  This is the second of three 20-game stretches without an off day that Colorado has on their 2012 schedule.  The third stretch is from 9/14-10/3 (last day of regular season).  The Rockies have just two more off days (8/30 and 9/13) the remainder of the season.

• 23-year-old right-hander Alex White will make his 15th start of the season for the Rockies tonight.  This will be White’s first career start against the Mets.  He owns a 3.63 ERA (17.1 ip, 7 er) in four starts since returning the Major Leagues on 8/2.

• 2012 All-Star right-hander R.A. Dickey will make his 25th start of the season for the Mets.  This will be his second career start against the Rockies.  He took the loss on 4/14 vs. COL at Citi Field (6.1 ip, 8 h, 5 er, 4 bb, 4 so).

This is the second of two series between the Rockies and Mets in 2012.  New York took a 3-game series at Coors Field 2-games-14/27-29.  This is the Rockies first series at Citi Field since sweeping a 4-game series at the Mets home 4/11-14/11.  Colorado is 6-5 all-time at Citi Field, and 26-51 all-time in New York against the Mets.  The Rockies dropped each of the first three games the club played at Citi Field in 2009 before winning six of the last eight games at this park.

The Rockies offense is currently in a productive stretch that stretches throughout the month of August.  In August, the Rockies have a team batting line of: .310 average (189-for-610), 43 doubles, 5 triples, 12 home runs, 86 RBI and 90 runs scored.  Colorado’s .310 average is by far the highest mark among NL teams this month, .018 points higher than second place San Francisco.

Jordan Pacheco
Pacheco had the big hit for the Rockies in yesterday’s 3-2 victory.  In the 4th inning with the Rockies trailing 2-1, he connected on a 2-run home run to left off Josh Johnson.  The home run was Pacheco’s first since 5/17 vs. ARI, snapping a 279-at bat homerless streak.  Despite the homer draught, Pacheco continues to lead all NL rookies with his .312 batting average this season.  In fact, only the Angels Mike Trout (.343) has a higher batting average among Major League rookies than Pacheco’s .312 mark.

Dexter Fowler
Fowler has been a catalyst in the Rockies offensive surge, and he continued his production yesterday by going 2-for-2 with 2 walks, a double, an RBI and a run.  Yesterday was Fowler’s seventh multi-hit game in his last nine games, since 8/8 at LAD.  Fowler now owns an .886 OPS (.387 OBP, .499 SLG) this season, which ranks 9th in the NL.  Fowler is one of just seven center fielders in the Majors with an OPS over .800, and his .886 OPS is second among NL center fielders (Andrew McCutchen – 1.012).  Since the All-Star break, Fowler is batting .308 (36-for-117) and has scored 21 runs in 30 games.  Fowler has now scored 72 runs in Post All-Star break games over the last two seasons, which ranks 4th among NL players.  He is a career .282 hitter Post All-Star break in his career, compared to a .260 career mark prior to the break.

2. Jordan Pacheco (R) 3B 2. Mike Baxter (L) RF
3. Dexter Fowler (S) CF 3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Andrew Brown (R) LF 4. Ike Davis (L) 1B
5. Tyler Colvin (L) 1B 5. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
6. Wilin Rosario (R) C 6. Scott Hairston (R) LF
7. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B 7. Andres Torres (S) CF
8. Jonathan Herrera (S) SS 8. Josh Thole (L) C
9. Alex White (R) P 9. R.A. Dickey (R) P


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Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago

JD, Houston didn’t fire their GM, Luhnow was just hired in Dec. I’m not advocating the Rox lose every game, but the recent success is nothing but fool’s gold which will unfortunately result in the status quo with the management staff. Now that Bob McClure is no longer with the Bosox, I would think he would be a candidate for the proposed pitching guru position that has been mentioned. He has a history with the Rox organization as the pitching… Read more »

8 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Sorry, you are right – i miss-typed general, it was manager Brad Mills…and that is what i’m saying, that the winning going on will waylay any sort of move the team would have made had they kept losing… The strange thing is they are winning with a bunch of rag-tag triple-A guys that have risen to the challenge…there really isn’t a lot of all-star power on this team right now, but they are scratching out wins (like tonight) that look… Read more »

8 years ago

Better trade Dex for some #5 starters and second base men.

8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

and another outfielder!

8 years ago

I believe Ag, and Prog among others suggested bringing up young guys,DLing or DFA some vets and maybe it would be fun again.Well,I for one have enjoyed watching ROX baseball the past two weeks.It’s too bad it took death and injuries to get a competitive team on the field.Of course management will give all the credit to the almost -sort of-maybe half the time GM and his “brilliant”? four man rotation.

8 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Don’t worry Gary, next year they’ll bring in a veteran second baseman, an overpriced outfielder and another catcher and declare the team fixed. All the guys contributing to the wins right now will be back in AAA or on the bench or cut.

Seriously, the kids are proving the can play. Get some pitching and we could be competitive. Unfortunately, BIB ODowd finds it easier to play musical chairs with position players than solve the real problem.

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