Hangovers can be brutal, especially when you work the early shift the next day. How the Rockies handle a rough night before a day game will go a long way to show this team’s attitude and fight. Its been said many times, but one beauty of baseball is that you are able to get right back to it the next day. Short memories can help out Colorado today.
On the mound its CC Sabathia for the Yankees (4-3, 3.31 ERA) vs. Jeff Francis for the Rockies (1-2, 7.27 ERA). 7.27 ERA? Ouch (insert Chatwood up from the Sky Sox talk here). Can Francis get his off-speed style working well enough to give the Rockies a chance to win? We will see.
Because of interleague play, neither team has seen the others pitcher too often. A quick glance at Sabathia’s numbers over the last 5 years against Colorado (remember small sample sizes here): Troy Tulowittzki has hit .667 against him, but that’s only in 3 ABs. Yorvit Torrealba has hit .267 in 15 ABs and has the most ABs against Sabathia of all the Rockies hitters. Next in line is Cuddyer who has seen him 9 times and hit .111 against him. Not fear inducing numbers.
Francis has had similar numbers agains the Yankees in the last 5 years. Ichiro has been the most successful hitting .667 in 6 ABs. No other Yankees hitter is hitting over 250 and most of their lineup has not seen Francis. Just not enough stats to make any hard predictions or conclusions (My grad school stats professor from 20 years ago would be proud of me there).
Weather channel says mid 50s with a 30% chance of rain later in the afternoon, so hopefully won’t be a factor.
Its ROOT sports (we’ll see what kind of umbrella shows up today) and KOA for the coverage.
A shout out and safe travel wish to our fearless leader JD who’s dealing with a brutal travel schedule as he goes to check out the Asian leagues (maybe do a little scouting for us JD?).
Here’s the Rockies Lineup (a Tulo sighting):
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