Looking East

The Colorado Rockies are looking to break-even in the their weekend series with the San Diego Padres before an off-day and a week featuring matches with the National League East second echelon Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies.  Colorado sends-out right-hander Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.76) against Padres’ lefty Clayton Richard (1-5, 8.38) for the 2:10 pm MDT contest at Coors Field in Lower Downtown Denver.

Nicasio is now three starts removed from his lights-out 6-inning appearance versus San Francisco on May 19. He’s held the wolves at-bay in the weeks since, their attention pre-occupied with the demise of Jon Garland and Eric Young Jr’s cries of desperation.  But the big righty hasn’t won since that day against the Giants. On Tuesday he went 6 in Cincinnati, surrendering 3 runs on five hits and 2 bases-on-balls.  San Diego’s Richard had his sole effective start of 2013 on April 14 against the Rockies, when he held them scoreless for 6 innings on 2 hits.  Otherwise Richard’s brightest appearances were three 5-run 7-inning efforts, and his only win came in relief in the Padres’ 4-3 17-inning victory over Toronto on May 31.  Richard gave-up 6 runs in 4-1/3 against the Dodgers in LA on Tuesday.

Hold on to your hats because Young is back for Colorado, Todd Helton’s on against the lefty, and Yorvit Torrealba is catching Nicasio.  Jonny Herrera, the recently disclosed “Black Bean” (sorry Batgirl it’s FAR better) is in at 2nd-base for DJ LeMahieu. San Diego’s Bud Black is pulling the big switcheroo against the right-hander Nicasio.  Everth Cabrera will lead-off, Alexi Amarista hits 2nd at 3rd, enormous Kyle Blanks is cleaning-up in left-field, Will Venable’s in right, Jesus Guzman’s at 1st, and Nick Hundley’s catching.

Denver is rolling-out spectacular weather for the second Sunday in a row.  Slap-on the sunscreen and head-down the the old ball park for some 80° sunshine to go with those cold Coors Lights.  A gentle breeze will blow across from right to left at 5 MPH.  Drew Goodman’s back after yesterday’s cameo on FOX with partner Jeff Huson on ROOT.  Radio’s on KOA.

SAN DIEGO (29-33)
Everth Cabrera (S) SS
Alexi Amarista (L) 3B
Jedd Gyorko (R) 2B
Kyle Blanks (R) LF
Will Venable (L) RF
Jesus Guzman (R) 1B
Cameron Maybin (R) CF
Nick Hundley (R) C
Clayton Richard (L) P
COLORADO (33-30)
Dexter Fowler (S) CF
Eric Young (S) RF
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Todd Helton (L) 1B
Yorvit Torrealba (R) C
Jonathan Herrera (S) 2B
Juan Nicasio (R) P

 


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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

I keep giving lineup a low rating each time i see EYJ there. If we go by fWAR metrics, w have a two run handicap to overcome as long as EYJ is in there.

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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

I am impressed with Nicasio. Great body language and pitching quick. Lets see how he pitches with runners on base.

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago

I wish Drew Goodman would shut the hell up. He’s going out of his way to try to jinx Nicasio.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

I know, right.

Wanna see something funny, rewind the the great Cargo catch and look at the loser with his hat on sideways hiding from the possible HR.

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

They were running away on the 2nd Cargo catch too.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

Oh no!

RocketMan
RocketMan
7 years ago

Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic. Nicasio is psychologically incapable of pitching six innings. Looks like Escalona is hurt, but who knows, history says that is the real Edgar. I simply don’t get why EYjr continues in the lineup. Can’t Colvin hit left-handers? Why’d they bring him up? It’s not like they didn’t know the Padres rotation for the series. And really, what’s with the on fire for the first two or three innings and then everybody forgets how to hit?

JulieG
JulieG
7 years ago

It was a tough game to watch with a nice ending. Nicasio has about half what he needs as far as pitches, it appears that he could probably expand to at least 3 reasonable ones and be able to go 6 or 7 innings. First couple times through he generally does fine and then crumbles. I like EYJ as person, but other than speed he doesn’t offer much. If WW wants him, keep him on the bench for subbing as… Read more »

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

I[we all]have said it before-Nicascio is a five inning pitcher.Because he is still very young he’s got lots of time to perfect a third pitch.The two seamer[sinker] has really seemed to help him the past few starts but he needs a cutter or real change up or slow curve to get over the five inning hump.I hate to see him relegated to the pen.Would rather see him sent down to get that extra pitch[es] and bring on Oswalt.Then give Pom… Read more »

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