Even with the “Lincecum Killer” Todd Helton out for the season, the Rockies have a pretty decent chance of winning at least one game at AT&T. That is if they can bring their bats to the party at the park. The Giants rank 29th in the Majors in runs at home, while they are ranked 2nd in the majors for scoring runs on the road.
A stat the Rockies are all too familiar with after the royal scoring beat-down the Giants gave the Rockies last week at Coors, witnessed by yours truly. The Giants brought 35 players across the plate in the three game sweep of the Rockies and each one was a dagger in my heart.
But that was then, and this is now.
To think the second worst team in all of baseball has a chance of beating anyone, might be a bit of a stretch. Then again, that could be said before the Rockies took two of three from the Dodgers. Sure, that series could have been a “lightning in a bottle moment”, but getting away from Coors does seem like it has a better effect on this 2012 version of the Rockies than back when the Bombers browsed Blake Street.
So all the team needs to do is get their hit on, and with the current success of out hitting the dodgers 29-18 as well as having at least 8 hits in six of their last nine road games since the ASB, including the last four, the stars just might be aligned.
Then again, we are talking about the Rockies.
- 22-year-old right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood will make his first road start as a Rockie, and second start as a Rockie overall. He started on 8/5 vs. SF, taking the loss (3.1 ip, 2 g, 3 r-1 er, 4 bb, 1 so). In 10 career road starts, Chatwood is 4-2 with a 3.86 ERA (58.1 ip, 25 er).
- The Giants will start right-hander Tim Lincecum tonight. Lincecum earned the victory on 8/5 at COL (6.0 ip, 5 h, 1 r-er, 5 bb, 3 so). Tonight will be his 21st career start vs. COL, against whom he is 9-6 with a 3.66 ERA (125.1 ip, 51 er).
Eric Young, Jr. is back in the lineup and hitting leadoff. His inside the park home run on Wednesday was one of the VERY few highlights of this dismal season. The feat marks only the fifth time in the expansion era that the first batter of a game hit an inside the park homer. The other players to do that since 1961 were Detroit’s Jake Wood on June 14, 1963, Kansas City’s Willie Wilson on May 14, 1980, Pittsburgh’s Omar Moreno on June 21, 1980 and the Yankees’ Chuck Knoblauch on April 29, 1999.
FIRST PITCH: 8:15
RADIO: 630 KHOW (DUE TO BRONCOS COVERAGE ON KOA)
WEATHER: Clear. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game-time temperature: Near 65.
IN GAME CHAT
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