Colorado opens a three-game set starting tonight against the Friars from San Diego. It can arguably be a critical time in to see if the Rockies are for real or starting their annual slide in May to the basement of the NL West. The Rockies offense have pretty much shut down since last Thursday except for Saturday’s game vs. Reds. The shutdown is a result of a perfect storm that was brewing in the first week of May: facing top tier pitchers or soft tossing lefties, our #4 and #5 pitchers lining up against opponents’ #1 and #2, striking out a lot (33 strikeouts over last 3 games), hitters regressing from over-performance to norms, starting to feel the impact of not having Cuddyer and Rosario in the lineup, and baseball gods not helping the Rockies.
Jorge De La Rosa takes the ball against another soft-tossing LHP Eric Stults tonight. Jordan Lyle goes tomorrow night against LHP Robbie Erlin and once again our #5 pitcher Juan Nicasio goes against ace Andrew Cashner Sunday. On a side note, the Rockies need to keep red-hot Seth Smith under wraps this weekend.
Friday 5/16, 6:40 PM MT at Coors Field
Radio: SD: XPRS 1090, XEMO 860 COL: KOA 850, KNRV 1150
TV: SD: FSSD COL: ROOT SPORT