Wondering Which Juan

The Colorado Rockies have dropped 5 of the first 6 games on their 10-game road trip, with one more to go in Pittsburgh and a visit to the borough of Queens pending.  Todd Helton is observing that playing good teams “shows your weaknesses, and ours [are] glaring,” Roy Ozwalt has re-wrecked his hammy, and at 9-1/2 games behind the unconscious Dodgers, Colorado is wondering exactly what its purpose is over its remaining 50 engagements.  No better time to introduce some suspense into the speculation.  Juan Nicasio (6-5, 4.52), one of the Rockies’ prominent question-marks, takes the mound for Colorado against the Pirates in this afternoon’s rubber game of the weekend series at PNC Park.  “Play-ball” is at 11:35 with Nicasio’s opponent AJ Burnett (4-7, 2.86) raring back for the first pitch to Corey Dickerson.

Burnett, run-out of the borough of the Bronx, is said to be the anchor of the Pittsburgh staff.  He allowed a run on 3 hits in 7 innings of the Pirates 10-inning 2-1 win Tuesday over St Louis that bumped Pittsburgh back into the NL Central Division lead.  The bad Juan was up for the Rockies that day in Atlanta, throwing 92 pitches in only 4 innings, allowing 8 runs on 10 hits and walking 3 as the Braves hammered Colorado 11-3.   Nicasio nevertheless can conger-up a sparkler every so often, and the RWO will tolerate nothing short of that this afternoon.

Center-fielder Dickerson leads-off in Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss’ Sunday lineup.  Nolan Arenado gets the day off with DJ LeMahieu sliding over to 3rd, batting 2nd ahead of Carlos Gonzalez, who returns to left-field with his aching thumb.  Yorvit Torrealba is charged with ensuring the good Juan predominates. Neil Walker moves back to his customary no. 2 slot in the Pirates’ order, to which Pedro Alvarez, Russell Martin, and Garrett Jones return.

Partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 70°s return in Pittsburgh with 60% relative humidity. It’s windy, and will be blowing-out to right-center at 11 to 12 MPH.  ROoT has the TV, radio’s on KOA.

COLORADO (52-60)
Corey Dickerson (L) CF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 3B
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
Todd Helton (L) 1B
Yorvit Torrealba (R) C
Jonathan Herrera (S) 2B
Juan Nicasio (R) P
Starling Marte (R) LF
Neil Walker (S) 2B
Andrew McCutchen (R) CF
Pedro Alvarez (L) 3B
Russell Martin (R) C
Garrett Jones (L) 1B
Jose Tabata (R) RF
Jordy Mercer (R) SS
A.J. Burnett (R) P



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8 years ago

The game is over when the home team scores first. Rockies are 0-25 on the road when the opposition scores first. The biggest problem is that everynody are swinging at sliders or even fastballs that start a foot outside the plate and break even further out. Should be easy to identify a ball pitch right out of the hand. All opposing pitchers have the book that says throw a pitch way off the plate with two strikes and Rox will… Read more »

8 years ago

I turned the TV on when I had lunch. Saw McCutchen walk, Alvarez single and Corpus give up Martin HR. Turned it off to prevent indigestion. I was thinking before the game Who is the real Juan Nicasio. The bad one or the good one. I think we’ve seen more of the bad Juan than the good Juan. My guess, off the top of my head, is that he has had no more than 5 good starts and at least… Read more »

8 years ago

Weiss is protesting the game! He thought it was illegal for a starter to throw a complete game!

8 years ago

You folks may have noticed I’m pretty much ignoring the big club now. Didn’t even bother to check the result until about 5 hours after the game ended. Ownership has given up on 2013, so why should I care? So I’m on to Minor League Update, Sunday, August 4, 2013: Sky Sox: Volstad pitching, who cares? Only thing of note I see is that Pacheco is catching. (Reminder: Volstad-Garland-Francis-Oswalt = one $6 million pitcher. Way to spend Dickie and Charlie’s… Read more »

8 years ago

Agbayani, you’re probably about 3 months early on your dream. I could see that being the rotation by next September.

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