The Boys are Back

The Colorado Rockies got All Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and center-fielder Dexter Fowler back from the Disabled List on Thursday, and Friday (with a major leaguer on the mound) they looked restored as a formidable opponent.  The past several weeks we’ve been reminded about that absence of right-handed hitting outfielders in the organization that had the BIB dishing out unconscionable, irresponsible quantities of cash to bring Big Money Michael Cuddyer to the Rockies in the winter of 2011.  As the All Star Break approaches it looks like Colorado has advanced to the stage where it competes when at full strength, but struggles when pieces are missing.

They’ll be looking to head into the break on a high-note with two of their “Big 3” starters heading to the hill against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine this evening and on Sunday.  Tonight at 5:15 pm MDT it’s Tyler Chatwood (5-2, 2.74) for the Rockies against LA’s Zach Greinke (7-2, 3.91) in a battle of right-handers.  Chatwood got the win Monday in San Diego, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits in 6-2/3.  He walked 3 and struck-out 4.  Greinke was also up Monday in Phoenix, where he shut-out the Diamondbacks for 7 innings in the Dodger’s 6-1 win.  He gave-up only 2 hits and struck-out 7.

Tulowitzki gets a rest against in advance of his Tuesday night appearance on the big stage.  The Bean, Jonathan Herrera, is in at short, hitting 8th, and Yorvit Torrealba will precede him, catching Chatwood. The Best Player in the History of Baseball, Yasiel Puig, had a tough encounter with the Meat Brothers’ capitalist wall in Coors Field two weeks ago, and will sit, barely able to hobble up the 1st-base line, his wounds so severe.  Skip Schumaker will lead-off in right, Andre Ethier will be in center, and Jerry Hairston Jr will be Don Mattingly’s left-fielder.

The Los Angeles weather will check-in as “normal.”  It’ll be sunny with a game-time temperature of 78°, 56% relative humidity and a 6-7 MPH wind blowing across from 3rd-base to right-field.  FOX Sports has the TV tonight, with Jerry and Jack back on KOA.

COLORADO (45-49)
Dexter Fowler (S) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
Todd Helton (L) 1B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Yorvit Torrealba (R) C
Jonathan Herrera (S) SS
Tyler Chatwood (R) P
LOS ANGELES (46-46)
Skip Schumaker (L) RF
Mark Ellis (R) 2B
Adrian Gonzalez (L) 1B
Hanley Ramirez (R) SS
Andre Ethier (L) CF
A.J. Ellis (R) C
Jerry Hairston (R) LF
Juan Uribe (R) 3B
Zack Greinke (R) P

 


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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

I think greinke will shut us out today with three or less hits

edtheump
edtheump
7 years ago

WOW, RMH…almost like you’ve got ESPN. Nice call. But don’t break your arm patting yourself on the back…who COULDN’T call that one?(snark)

egossage
egossage
7 years ago
Reply to  edtheump

It would have been even more impressive if he wouldn’t have called it an hour after the game started 😉

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
7 years ago

Why didn’t WW PH Tulo for Hererra in 8th or DJLH in 9th? It doesn’t make sense to lose 1-0 and not have your best hitter come to bat. Would having Tulo bat make such a difference in his rest day? Once again, winning is not the important thing with this team.

egossage
egossage
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

Why was Tulo even out of the lineup to begin with???

jaredean
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jaredean
7 years ago
Reply to  Cisco Kid

You can’t take the Sparkplug out…he was 50% of their hits!!! 🙂

Phil
Phil
7 years ago

I tried watching the game, but gave up. The announcers spent most of their time gushing over the Dodgers and treated the Rockies as an unidentified team the Dodgers happened to be playing. Since it was FOX, I thought the announcers would be neutral. I hope the new FOX Sports Channel will not be west coast snobs (since they will be based in LA) as bad as MLB Network and ESPN are east coast snobs. Time will tell.

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