Rox in Battle of Arizona in NL West War

After coming back to take the series from the Giants 3-1, the Rockies continue their battle in the NL West war. In best case scenario, there will be a three-way tie atop the NL West division and in the worse case scenario, the Dbacks will lead the Giants & Rockies by two games.

The Rox have a tall order tonight going up against Ty Corbin who is 6-0 with a 1.52 ERA. Corbin has a 1.07 WHIP and a .212 BA against him. The Rockies counter with some impressive stats of their own. They have walked 138 times which is good a fourth place tie in the NL. They own a .334 OBP record which is second only to Cincinnati’s .337 clip. In addition, they have swiped 32 bases, good for 3rd in the NL. As a team, they have had trouble being consistent offensively. The longest losing streak as bad as they have played some games is four.

The weather looks to be 54 degrees at game time with the wind blowing about 7 MPH. It is hard to predict the rain tonight. The Denver area has been going back and forth between rain showers and sun peeking through. Humidity is around 50 percent which will favor both pitchers.

Eric Young RF
Dexter Fowler CF
Carlos Gonzalez LF
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Wilin Rosario C
Todd Helton 1B
Nolan Arenado 3B
Josh Rutledge 2B
Jon Garland P


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Batgirl
Batgirl
7 years ago

Maybe Chatwood will replace Garland – given recent impressive last outings by both Nicasio and Francis….on another note..why is EYJr always starting in right over Blackmon?? Drives me nuts.

Trip
Trip
7 years ago
Reply to  Batgirl

Yup, I think you are right. Garland is looking worse each outing.

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Told ya Garland was the weakest link. Drew and Jeff talking about Oswalt now … let’s get him ready in a hurry to take Garland’s spot

Trip
Trip
7 years ago

My wife asked why we never get anyone like a Corbin in the draft. Comments anyone?

Bob K.
Bob K.
7 years ago

Sometime last week on one of the shows on MLB network they were raving about how great Eddie Butler is. I didn’t remember him so looked him up and at age 22 at Asheville he seems a little old for the league but he is doing very well.

Batgirl
Batgirl
7 years ago

By All Star break maybe our rotation will be:

Chacin
JDLR
Chatwood
Oswalt
Pomeranz

Maybe Nicasio in the bullpen?

Trip
Trip
7 years ago

Oh oh. Does that mean the rocks can pick up another low risk high reward pitcher?

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Why don’t we get guys like Corbin in the draft? 2009 we picked these guys ahead of him: Tyler Matzek (sure would like a do-over on that) Tim Wheeler (same) Rex Brothers (good pick, but a reliever always has a limited upside) Arenado And the Cubs picked LeMahieu with the pick just before Corbin. The Dbacks got Corbin as part of the Dan Haren to the Angels trade. A fantastic trade for the Dbacks, done to save money but it… Read more »

Bill
Bill
7 years ago

Pacheco can hit with the best of them. Not sure why he wasn’t playing today instead of Todd. Somebody mentioned that he should take ground balls at 2nd. Not a bad idea. I think he played 2nd in college. But DJ is probably a better fielder. Pacheco’s best defensive position seems to be first. He’s not Helton but few are.

Batgirl
Batgirl
7 years ago

I really love Pacheco and feel hopeful every single time he comes up to bat. I like him at first, too. Rally killer EYJr was predictable.

pooter
pooter
7 years ago

I am getting frustrated with eyj. Guy on second, down by 4, BUNT FOR A BASE HIT!!! Start some momentum!! He should try that at least once a game

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Pooter frustrated with EY? He better start worrying when he loses his biggest supporter. I’ve gone hot and cold on EY myself. I used to think he was a one-tool speed guy who really had no future. Then he really started to make the speed work as a hitter (infield hits, bunts, plus the occasional line drive), and I said something like “give him 400 plate appearances this year and see what he can do with them; what’s to lose?”… Read more »

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

As always, great comments from you guys. Pacheco was drafted as a second baseman, but he was moved from there because the team thought that he didn’t have the speed for the position. I love his bat, and think that he does OK at first. So, I’d love to see him get all of the starts at first when it’s a lefty starting for the opposition, and he can get his fair share of pinch hits. Maybe next year he’s… Read more »

GARY
GARY
7 years ago

Great idea!Need his bat and BA, and generally unselfish at bats.I was once in EYjr camp, but agree with Ag and all others that his speed is not enough of an asset to play him when Pachecco is a legit .300 hitter.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

I would be careful moving him around the diamond too much at risk he loses concentration at the plate. I like your idea of 4 games a week at 1st base. I would scrap the catching idea as Torrealba is very important to this team. 4 games a week at 1st and PH opportunites for the rest. That works for me.

Julian
Julian
7 years ago

I vote for Pacheco playing first base and starting against lefties and platooning with Helton and pinch hitting this year. Maybe he’s the starter next year. I agree with Torrealba being the backup catcher this year. Hopefully he imparts his lessons this year, and next year the backup can be Pacheco or come from AAA (McBride or Lars Davis).

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago

We all love Pacheco. “All he does is hit.” As far as being the first baseman of the future, what about the conventional wisdom that you’ve got to have power at the corners? Does a power-hitting shortstop mitigate that somewhat/enough? (I’m asking…)

egossage
egossage
7 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

Exactly roxnsox. Your SS can hit 30 HRs a year so you are able to live with your 1B hitting maybe 10 a year with a .300 plus BA.

Roxnsox
Roxnsox
7 years ago
Reply to  egossage

All righty then! Thanks egossage….

Who’s on first? Pacheco! (Perhaps :))

Cameo
Cameo
7 years ago

Problem with your SS hitting 30 homers a year is he has to stay healthy to do that. Missing games cuz of broken nails and strained eyelashes makes it hard to hit 30 homers. Sorry couldn’t resist. LOL. Pacheco needs to play more, no doubt about it. Helton needs to play less, no doubt about it. EY needs to be DFA as he isn’t doing anything. Or if you are going to play him, put him in the 8 hole… Read more »

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