Rox in Showdown at AT&T Park

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

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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

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Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Glass half full guy: twice through the rotation with 2/5 of our starters on the DL, and with our presumed # 1 in a funk, and yet we emerge at .500 after ten games. Once our rotation gets healthy and in the groove we’ll be unstoppable! Glass half empty guy: you mean we’re hitting .320 as a team, with the top 5 in the batting order hitting (in order), .471, .415, .389, .407, .387, and we’ve played 7 of our… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Somewhere in between. If we win either one of games 3 and/or 4 in Miami we’re 6-4 and I feel much better.

Glass half empty – 3 in AT&T – a house of horrors for us.
Glass half full – 4 in Petco, perhaps our best away ballpark.

Realistic goal for road trip = 3-4.

roxnsox
roxnsox
6 years ago

I simply cannot believe that FC is living up to his name already. Errr, wait…sadly afraid that I can. Ah, Tulo, we (and the HOF) hardly knew ye…

Julian
Julian
6 years ago

Jonathan Gray gets rocked for 6 earned runs in 2/3 of an inning tonight. He’s already out of the game.

Agbayani
Agbayani
6 years ago

Heavy leg! And I like how Wilin isn’t catching because his wrist is sore, not because DLR is pitching … Ouch, Jon Gray. I guess it’s better to learn the hard way, but I sure would rather have him mowing down hitters and in line for a mid-summer callup … And yes, Bumgarner is another one of those lefties who kill us. Stubbs and Barnes, time to earn your jobs.

GARY
GARY
6 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Is Rosario going to have a “freak” ailment for 30 more DLR starts or will WW have to go back on his “no personal catcher”remark?

RocketMan
RocketMan
6 years ago

DLR should patent his meltdown techniques. Who else can cram so much into a single half inning, topped off by Gslam to the opposing pitcher. Maybe his inning total last year has caught up with him, just like it did for the SF pitchers the boys were jawing about early in the inning.

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

Watched only bits and pieces of tonight’s game except for the last 3 innings which I saw in its entirety. So don’t know the entire situation for DLR’s melt down. And I’m guessing its some kind of melt down because what I saw is that he gave up 2 hits, a HPB and a walk (both of those with 2 outs) and then a grand slam to the opposing pitcher. Perhaps when Chatwood comes back DLR gets an “injury” and… Read more »

JMN
JMN
6 years ago
Reply to  Bill

“Balkin’ Bob” just maintaining his (bad) reputation. It’s funny, but only when the “other” pitcher gets called.

JMN
JMN
6 years ago

I applaud the Lopez move – an unexpected action from No-Guts-Geivett. DLR?? Definitely some big issues – he had a Kerosene-style start tonight. Not a “Number One starter” anymore in my book. Endurance seems to be a problem, along with control, and his seeming inability to handle himself when there are runners behind him. Pressure, then panic, then wildness, then … total meltdown. As noted above – spectacular. Very disappointing. I also applaud the impending Friend Frankie (his nickname around… Read more »

GARY
GARY
6 years ago
Reply to  JMN

Somebody should come up with an over/under poll we can all guess on FC’s actual durability for the season.

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