Rox Begin Make or Break Road Stretch to ASB

The Rockies begin a ten-game road trip against divisional opponents tonight at division leader Arizona at 7:40 p.m. MT. The visitors are coming off a disappointing 3-4 home stand. With a 42-44 record, they are 2.5 games out of first place just ahead of the charging Dodgers by a game. The Padres and Giants are in the basement 4.5 games back.

Jorge De La Rosa (8-4, 3.09) will attempt to help the Rox reel in the Dbacks this weekend whom start rookie Tyler Skaggs (1-1, 5.40). The weekend series will be a test of the rotation. Were the Dodgers simply that hot regardless of the quality of opposing starters or was the rotation exposed as mirror and smokes?

The odds are stacked against the Bunnies breaking their bats out tonight. CarGo is being held out of the game tonight due to a sore back. Naturally that meant Tyler Colvin is starting in CF batting 7th which can only aid Skaggs’ K, RISP, and ERA stats. Josh Rutledge starts at shortstop batting eighth. He has yet to show that he can hit over a series of games. To add to the list of challenges, Jordan Pacheco is at the bottom of all first basemen rankings in the wRC category.

The game will be aired on ROOT and 850 AM radio. Chase Field has a retractable roof which makes weather a non-issue.

ROCKIES LINEUP DBACKS LINEUP
2. Corey   Dickerson (L) LF 2. Aaron   Hill (R) 2B
3.   Michael Cuddyer (R) RF 3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B
4. Wilin   Rosario (R) C 4. Miguel   Montero (L) C
5. Jordan   Pacheco (R) 1B 5. Cody   Ross (R) LF
6. Nolan   Arenado (R) 3B 6. Martin   Prado (R) 3B
7. Tyler   Colvin (L) CF 7.   Gerardo Parra (L) RF
8. Josh   Rutledge (R) SS 8. Didi   Gregorius (L) SS
9. Jorge   De La Rosa (L) P 9. Tyler   Skaggs (L) P

IN GAME CHAT
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jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago

Why the team keeps putting Rutledge out there at short instead of Johnny is beyond me…

RUTLEDGE OVER THE PAST 18 GAMES
.167 .242 .250

JOHNNY OVER THE PAST 18 GAMES
.308 .357 .385

Batgirl
Batgirl
7 years ago

I’m still reeling over the fact that the Rockies considered signing Ian Stewart! But I agree with you about Herrera being the obvious better choice. Rockies management lacks a winning mentality and it shows in both decisions. Very frustrating.

gary
gary
7 years ago

Or Nady for right handed bat.Guessing Cargo’s injury keeping Colvin here a little longer.With two starters hitting roughly .167[Colvin,Rutledge] why not go after Stewert-he’d fit right in!

Trip
Trip
7 years ago

They need to keep Colvin around for at least two years so BIB DoD can tell the owners he made a great trade. The Meat Brothers will believe him.

RocketMan
RocketMan
7 years ago

And what’s Colvin doing out there at .164?? Of course, there’s the inevitable total flummoxry of the proverbial just called up 21 yr. old left-handed pitcher, who’s off-speed stuff is indecipherable to the Rocks.

RocketMan
RocketMan
7 years ago

And why is it the other guys can work a count to 3-2, fouling off pitch after pitch, then hit bloop doubles? Nice grasp of center field on the part of Colvin, too.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

This lineup looks very much like what they were trotting out late in 2012.

It’s amazing how this organization gets caught short handed time and time again. How can they not have any right handed outfielders available in a pinch? The best they can offer is Xavier Nady? It’s embarrassing. They have to send out Colvin and Dickerson against the lefty Skaggs.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Just saw some of the lowlights of this one. Skaggs: compare him to Zito? Fine, but you should say a “young Barry Zito.” 88-91 fastball, really good offspeed stuff, 21 years old and much more polished than our 24 year old Pomeranz. No one considered him to have ace stuff, but still: We dream about developing a pitcher like that. Having said that, Cisco is right. What an awful lineup we fielded. Rosario and Pacheco in the heart of the… Read more »

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

I tried to comment a few times via my phone during Friday’s game but I guess it didn’t work, so here are my two cents worth.. 1) The experiment with Rosario as catcher should halted immediately. Move him to first base. His numbers at first will at least bring the Rockies 1B stats to average or above average. I’ve seen Pacheco catch one inning so all I and most of us have is the Bobsy Twins (DoD/Geivett) word that Rosario… Read more »

JulieG
JulieG
7 years ago

I think Pacheco is a much better catcher than Rosario and that move makes sense. If you do not want to Cuddyer then that covers both 1st & Home. We should be able to find someone that can catch and get rid of Colvin. I also thought that would be an upgrade of EY, but if you can’t hit or catch find something else to do outside of baseball. We must have someone in the system who can catch and… Read more »

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