Fans of the Royals must be heaving a sigh of relief tonight, knowing that Jonathan Sanchez wont be taking the mound for their team. Rockies fans feel the same way about Guthrie.
While Guthrie has already made his first start with his new team, giving up a typical five runs on four hits in five innings yesterday (four of those runs in the third), the Rockies had to wait until tonight to see if the change of scenery will be just as bad for their piece of the puzzle.
EPSN’s Keith Law thinks the Royals walked away with a slightly better player in the trade, but neither team is jumping for joy after swapping busted starters last Friday. The Rockies pundits are suggesting that Sanchez will do better here in the NL, especially facing NL West teams he is familiar with, then his numbers showed in KC.
The Diamondbacks will be a difficult team to “showcase” Sanchez against, as the snakes are coming off a weekend sweep of the Astros that saw them score 33 runs while hitting .487 with runners in scoring position. If Sanchez continues his strikeout-to-walk ratio (36/44), it could be a very long game indeed.
Long, that is, for the bullpen.
The Rockies just completed a very disappointing, but not surprising, series loss to the Padres at PetCo after dropping the final game in the series on Sunday, 3-2. If the team doesn’t see another appearance of Huston Street it will be too soon.
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