Rockies Begin Memorial Weekend at AT&T Park

It will be truly a Memorial weekend for both the Rockies and the U.S. Armed Forces. The RWOers thank both the military men and the men in purple pinstripes for their sacrifices. The series vs. the Giants may be the turning point for the Rockies which is why it is potentially a truly Memorial weekend for Rockies fans. If they play as bad as the preseason predictions, they might start digging up their own graves. On the other hand, if they have any degree of success, we can all point to this weekend and say the future is now.

The past few weeks the brass has changed their philosophy from planning for the future (2014 and later) to win now. Even Buster Olney tweeted earlier this week that the NL West has neither bad teams nor a dominating team instead saying that it is a packed division. They signed Roy Oswalt which is a better option than Jeff Francis or Jon Garland. @royoswalt44net tweeted during the series vs. Arizona, “Rockies starting too [sic] heat up! I want to be a part of that!”. That tells us he believes we can win the division else he wouldn’t have signed. The Rockies started the season with Chris Nelson and Reid Brignac on the roster to hold down the fort while the prospects hone their skills for one more year. When the philosophy changed to the win now mode, they discarded Nelson and Brignac in favor of Nolan Arenado and D.J. LeMahieu. Tyler Chatwood has been called up and it looks increasingly doubtful that he will sent down again. Drew Pomeranz and Oswalt are pounding the door now. LeMahieu was made the starter at second base to upgrade the infield defensively and he looks to be a good candidate to be the two-hole hitter as well. Charlie Blackmon was also promoted to move Eric Young down the OF depth chart. All the moves have allowed Walt Weiss to put Young and Jon Herrera in the appropriate roles which is to provide bench depth and flexibility as the 24th and 25th men on the roster without being deadweights.

The Rockies will send Chatwood, Juan Nicasio, and Jon Garland against Tim Lincecum, Barry Zito, and Matt Cain this memorial weekend. The game starts tonight at 8:15pm MT. The weather in San Francisco calls for a steady 51-52 degrees from start of game until late night. The winds will be brisk at around 15 MPH throughout the evening. The games on Saturday and Sunday will be daytime games starting at 2:05 p.m. MT both days with temps in the mid 60s. Micheal Cuddyer returns to the lineup tonight.

8:15pm (T. Chatwood – R)
@ Giants (T. Lincecum – R)

1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
2. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
3. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
4. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
5. Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
6. Todd Helton (L) 1B
7. Wilin Rosario (R) C
8. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
9. Tyler Chatwood (R) P

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Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
8 years ago

Let’s get this discussion off on a good note. I want to thank each of you for your concern and kind words. It means a lot to me. I was fortunate to be discharged in less than 48 hours with a back brace that makes me look like I’m auditioning for a Ninja Turtle movie role. I will not need surgery and hope to make a full recovery, although I’m sure at my age I will be facing the occasional… Read more »

8 years ago
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8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Bob. Glad to hear you don’t need surgery. As my family doctor once told me, if you ask a surgeon if you need surgery they will almost always say yes. That’s what they do. Obviously sometimes it’s needed but if you can avoid it, do so.

8 years ago
Reply to  Bob in Indy

Bob, so good to hear you are better than expected! and great to hear you don’t require surgery! Keep rehabbing and not pushing it and you will be off the DL in no time!

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