Colorado has stayed competitive in the first two games against aces Clayton Kershaw and Zach Greinke, but ultimately the wheels came off when the free passes were issued frequently. The team culture, despite its two losses, is a marked improvement from the previous O’Dowd/Geivett regime. Jeff Bridich has made the tough decisions in the early going and that in turn has inspired the team to go out and play baseball the right way.
Walt Weiss made two changes in the lineup today; Mike McKenry takes Nick Hundley’s spot and Agbayani’s beloved Daniel Descalso replaces D.J. LeMahieu in the 8-hole.
John Axford, whose son was snake bit but has recently moved out of the ICU, was supposed to be back with the Rockies with the max ten days family leave expiring today. The Rockies moved Axford to the restricted list which allows him flexibility to return on a day-to-day basis. Christian Bergman remains available to piggyback Eddie Butler today if needed. He is expected to be returned to Albuquerque tomorrow when Jorge De La Rosa makes his first start of the year. Scott Oberg is a candidate to join Bergman when Axford returns.
Butler needs to get his bowling ball sinkers inside the K-zone to be effective against the Dodgers today. That will also enable the Rockies to preserve the back end of the bullpen for the next 19 games against divisional rivals. With a win today, the Rockies will return to Coors Field off a 4-2 road trip against NL West rivals.