Rockies in Diego for Three

The Rockies will play the first game of this 3-game road series against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park.  Tonight’s game is the first contest on a 7-game road trip at SD (9/14-16) and at SF (9/17-20).  The Rockies are coming off a brief 3-game homestand in which the Rox lost a 3-game series vs. SF 2-games-to-1.  Colorado dropped the final game of the series vs. SF 8-3 on Wednesday.  The Rockies are currently in a stretch during which the club will play 14-of-17 games on the road from 9/3-20 (2-8).  Colorado has just seven home games remaining in 2012.  Additionally, the Rockies off day yesterday was the club’s final off day this season.  The Rockies will finish the 2012 season with 20 games in 20 days from 9/14-10/3.  The Rockies are also in a stretch of 14 straight games vs. NL West opponents from 9/10-24 (1-2).  The Rockies are 20-29 vs. NL West opponents this season.

  • 22-year-old right-hander Tyler Chatwood will make his ninth start and 16th appearance for the Rockies tonight.  Chatwood is 3-3 with a 4.46 ERA (34.1 ip, 17 er) in his eight starts this season.
  • Right-handed pitcher Andrew Cashner will start tonight’s game for the Padres.  This will be his fifth start and 32nd appearance this season.  He is 0-0 with a 2.87 ERA (15.2 ip, 5 er) in his four starts.

 
The game will start at 8:05 and will be on Root Sports.

ROCKIES LINEUP

PADRES LINEUP

2. Josh Rutledge (R) 2B 2. Will Venable (L) RF
3. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF 3. Chase Headley (S) 3B
4. Wilin Rosario (R) C 4. Yasmani Grandal (S) C
5. Jordan Pacheco (R) 1B 5. Yonder Alonso (L) 1B
6. Tyler Colvin (L) RF 6. Logan Forsythe (R) 2B
7. Chris Nelson (R) 3B 7. Cameron Maybin (R) CF
8. DJ LeMahieu (R) SS 8. Alexi Amarista (L) LF
9. Tyler Chatwood (R) P 9. Andrew Cashner (R) P

 


IN GAME CHAT

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Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

What exactly does “traditional structure” mean? Are they scrapping the 4-man/ piggyback idea?

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

“Traditional structure?” I can’t stand the suspense. (Actually, the joke’s on me since I’m staying home tonight and I’m sure I will watch as if it’s the announcement of a new pope or something … more of a sad commentary on the state of my life than on any excitement about the Rockies)

lwesche
lwesche
8 years ago

I almost hate to admit, we never miss watching the game if we are home. Many a night my husband and I have turned to each other and said “We need to get a live”. Still counting till spring training.

lwesche
lwesche
8 years ago
Reply to  lwesche

Meant life…really need to re-read before hitting “submit”

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

According to the Post Rockies will go to a 5 man rotation with an increased pitch count, 90 or something. They will keep piggybacks. They won’t really admit they were wrong but they are saying we had to try something.

What they really should try is new management but I’m guessing that DoD, Geivett and Tracy will be here forever.

See the Post article at http://www.denverpost.com/rockies/ci_21547779/rockies-go-five-man-rotation-2013-but-piggybacks

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  Bill

And so it ends, not with a bang but with the wimpiest of whimpers. Look, if this is about pitchers doing worse the 3rd time through the order and not about pitch count, why not just say “in general, we’ll limit pitchers to going twice through the order.” That would create the incentive structure they want — in order to go 5 innings, you’d have to be really economical (and effective) with your pitches. This 90-pitch limit thing is just… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Am I the only pessimist that knew a 5 spot in the first would be blown in the bottom half? How dare these pitchers keep blowing these early lead.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

With 3 hits today, Chris Nelson is now at a 102 in the Runs Created + stat. 100 is an average major league hitter. If he can stay over 100, we will have our first league-average hitter at 3B since 2008 (Ian Stewart). Small accomplishments, but at least it ain’t Ty Wigginton.

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I saw a piece that put Ty Wigginton as one of the worst in baseball for a regular player. He was tied with Ramon Hernandez for a -1.7 WAR. What do these players have in common? DOD thought they were worth contracts.

Our position player development seems to be pretty decent. Everything else needs to be flushed.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I think Nelson deserves the starters role next year unless Arenado breaks out in the spring. I’m impressed with how he chugged along despite splitting a lot of time with Pacheco and seems to have gotten better as the season goes on.

If Nelson’s our least productive regular next year I think that’s a pretty solid lineup, assuming DJ is not a regular.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Yeah, Prog, Nelson’s been kind of o.k. in the final analysis. His fielding numbers are still pretty poor, but he shows as significantly worse as a second baseman than as a third baseman. Mostly some booted balls (including a couple in that awful doubleheader last week) from lack of concentration. He clearly has the ability to handle the position. And he has the power to bust out beyond what Pacheco and LeMahieu can. But I should clarify one thing: When… Read more »

Colorado Thistle
Colorado Thistle
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Spend every dime on pitching. Like you and Ag have said, we have the players. Now give us some pitching (90 pitches or whatever). We don’t need another “veteran bat” — that has not gone well for a couple of years; see, e.g., Wigginton, Hernandez, Cuddyer, Scutaro and so on.

Our pitching is so bad it may not matter.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Hilarious, Thistle. And not only did O’Dowd think they were worth giving contracts. He thought they were worth giving TWO YEAR CONTRACTS. We’re still paying half of Wigginton’s salary this year.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

I’ve had very few problems with the offense since July.The kids can hit and with any pitching at all can post at least .500 ball[see August].More maddening is the fact that at .500 we would be in the wild card hunt,albeit just barely.I remember in April saying I thought this team was probably a .500 ball club.If only it were so.However the injuries to regulars has afforded us a chance to see who can play of the youngsters.Also,part of Aug.success… Read more »

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