The Rockies have a long unwanted history of playing inside AT&T Park. It will be a true test of the Rockies’ ability to play on the road as they begin their second road series of the season. The lost the first road series in Miami 3-1. It can be chalked up to horrible bullpen performance, mostly at the hands of “Wiltin’ Molten” whom also got ran out of Coors’ Field in the loss to the Chisox on Tuesday. Chad Bettis showed in the early going that he might also need a little work at Colorado Springs.
Arizona made the Giants’ bullpen do a little overtime work over their last three games while the Rockies’ bullpen are refreshed coming off an idle day after a very efficient Wednesday night shutdown vs. the Chisox. Boone Logan is a newly minted member of the bullpen coming off the DL. Colorado and San Francisco are going with the top three starters in the series: DLR vs. Bumgarner, Brett Anderson vs. Matt Cain, and Tyler Chatwood vs. Tim Hudson. Tonight is the only night game there and it will be day games on Saturday and Sunday.
The Rockies continue to lead the majors in hitting as a team with a .320 batting average while the Giants are in 12th place with a .257 average. Colorado is in second place in runs scored with 60 runs in 10 games. San Francisco are right behind them in third place with 55 runs over 10 games aided by 14 HRs. On the other side of the ball, the Giants have a staff ERA of 3.94 compared with the Rockies’ 5.38 ERA which was obviously inflated greatly by bullpen and DeaLeR meltdowns.
To be competitive this weekend, the Rockies’ starting pitchers must keep the team in each game and get the ball to the bullpen. Then the bullpen must be airtight and efficient. In the meantime the Blake Street Bombers wannabes need to continue to hit befitting their MLB team leader status. Colorado is in third place with a 5-5 record while San Francisco is tied for first with a 6-4 record. An unlikely series win will go a long way getting out of their well known status as a flash in the pan.
The latest good news and a huge shot in the arm for the Rockies is that Kerosene will be moved to the bullpen and Jordan Lyles will likely stay in the rotation as tweeted by Troy Renck. If that is the case, there is a very good chance Chad Bettis will be optioned to the Sky Sox in a corresponding move to activate Tyler Chatwood.
Lineup sheet shows RH hitters (except CarGo) stacked up against Bumgarner. Updated: Fine China needs one more day due to sore quad; Baby Bull out due to strained wrist from sliding into base Tuesday night. Pacheco and Rutledge in.
Rockies vs Giants – Line up change
Friday 4/11, 8:15 PM MT at AT&T Park
Radio: COL: KOA 850 SF: KNBR 680, KTRB 860
TV: COL: ROOT SPORTS SF: NBC Bay Area