Weather Permitting

Scarcely 15 hours after getting pecked to death by the San Francisco Giants, the sign-stealing Colorado Rockies plan to manipulate the current unstable Colorado weather pattern to their advantage in the rubber game of their 3-game series with the NL West Division leaders.  Anonymous sources confide that clubhouse prankster Brandon Barnes is in league with the National Weather Service to ensure it rains and the wind blows-in briskly from right-center during Giant at-bats, whereas sunshine and calm conditions will prevail when Colorado hits.  In any case, the “variable” conditions of recent afternoons may be set to wreak havoc on this afternoon’s contest, scheduled for 1:10 pm MDT at Coors Field in downtown Denver.

It sets-up to be a good one.  Rockies’ lefty Jorge De La Rosa (5-3, 4.14) will face-off with San Francisco right-hander Tim Hudson (4-2, 2.09) as Colorado looks to gain back the game it lost in the standings on Wednesday night.  The affable and effusive De La Rosa will apparently be dealing with back spasms for a second consecutive start.  They didn’t hold him back much on Friday against the Padres, when he held San Diego scoreless on a walk and a hit in 7 innings of a 3-1 Rockies win.  Hudson missed a start with a hip issue, but his numbers are startling.  He’s made it into the 8th in all but his most recent start, when he got no decision in 6 innings of a Giants victory over the Dodgers, allowing 2 runs on 8 hits.  Hudson’s return to the west coast appears to be sitting well with him, but he’s winless lifetime in 6 starts at Coors Field.

Among the countless detriments of playing at altitude, finger injuries are seldom mentioned, yet Rockies are felled by them daily, and Carlos Gonzalez thinks that compensating for the one that ended his 2013 season has caused his current one, to the opposite hand.  He sits as Corey Dickerson gets the start in left-field in Colorado manager Walt Weiss’ lineup.  Justin Morneau will slide into the cleanup spot and Dickerson will hit 6th.  Buster Posey returns to Bruce Bochy’s order, catching and hitting 3rd. Tyler Colvin gets his third start against his former mates, back in the 8-hole in left-field.

Yep, thundershowers are predicted for the Denver area during the game.  The wind is supposed to blow-out toward left-center at about 8 MPH.  There’s no TV, so you’re stuck with Jerry and Jack on KOA 850 am.

SAN FRANCISCO (29-18)
Angel Pagan (S) CF
Hunter Pence (R) RF
Buster Posey (R) C
Michael Morse (R) 1B
Pablo Sandoval (S) 3B
Brandon Hicks (R) 2B
Brandon Crawford (L) SS
Tyler Colvin (L) LF
Tim Hudson (R) P
COLORADO (26-21)
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Justin Morneau (L) 1B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Corey Dickerson (L) LF
Wilin Rosario (R) C
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Jorge De La Rosa (L) P

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jaredean
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jaredean
6 years ago

Boy the Giants are crying so much they had to pull out the tarp when we got runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs! 🙂

Bill
Bill
6 years ago

I was listening to the game on KOA and I’m sure I heard Sandoval hit a home run. Then the phone rang and I had to go back to work. My wife came in and told me the came is being delayed because of weather and I check the score and we’re winning 1-0. What happened?

egossage
egossage
6 years ago
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HR was reviewed and it ended up being a foul ball

Bill
Bill
6 years ago
Reply to  egossage

Thanks. I finally read part of the DP blog which also informed me what happened.

Miketober
Miketober
6 years ago

Excellent pre-game Jeem.

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