RockiesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ fans were on a Rocky Mountain high the first month of the season, getting off to a fast start with a 13-4 record. Since that early run, however, theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been singing a different tune, as theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve followed that up with a 15-23 record heading into June.
The Rockies can hitÃ¢â‚¬â€when you have the likes of Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Michael CuddyerÃ¢â‚¬â€who, despite a stint on the DLÃ¢â‚¬â€is having a nice start to his seasonÃ¢â‚¬â€youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to score runs. The Rockies are leaving a lot of guys stranded; and while that’s a product of getting a lot of guys on base to begin with, it’s still making Rockies’ fans nervous, as their run production has been dropping of late.
The Reds arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the only team with a #2 hole lineup controversy.Ã‚Â Colorado has put several players there, with no real resolution. Dante Bichette, the RockÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hitting coach had some interesting things to say about the subject:
“It’s one of those interesting spots in the lineup, because there are so many views on what makes a good two-hole hitter,” Bichette said. “There are guys that think speed. A lot of guys say on-base percentage. A lot of guys feel like a high-strikeout guy is good for second, because there are not a lot of double plays, and a lot of guys feel the opposite, that they need a contact hitter.”
Here are the 2013 rankings thus far for the Rockies’ offense:
Manager Walt Weiss likes to sit the aging Todd Helton against lefties, so expect to see a lot of Helton in this series.
Here are the 2013 rankings thus far for the Rockies’ pitching:
Tyler Chatwood began the season in the minors, has been a pleasant surpriseÃ¢â‚¬â€and now heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an important part of the rotation for the Rockies.
A groin injury has landed Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt on the DL over the weekend. The Rockies will hand over the mythical closer duties to Rex Brothers, a lefty who has amassed 23 straight scoreless appearances over 21 1/3 innings. Manny Corpas is being brought up from AAA Colorado Springs to fill out the pen. Corpas was 0-2 with a 5.01 ERA in 48 appearances with the Cubs last year. Wilton Lopez, Matt Belisle, Adam Ottavino, Rob Scahill, Edgmer Escalona and Josh Outman round out the pen.
I will be especially interested in seeing Ottavino during this series for personal reasons. Adam played in the very same Brooklyn little league (78th Youth Sports) I once coached my son. Adam’s father, John, was quite a teacher and coach. He must be beaming.
Wednesday’s matchup should be a decided mismatch in favor of the Reds (at least on paper) as Cueto goes against the Rockies #5 starter, Jon Garland. Your starting pitchers for the series:
|Bronson Arroyo, RHP||5||5||3.75||72.0||13||41||1.17|
|Tyler Chatwood, RHP||3||0||2.12||29.2||9||26||1.28|
|Homer Bailey, RHP||3||4||3.84||68.0||19||68||1.19|
|Juan Nicasio, RHP||4||2||4.79||56.1||22||37||1.40|
|Johnny Cueto, RHP||3||0||2.17||37.1||13||34||0.88|
|Jon Garland, RHP||3||6||5.81||62.0||22||29||1.66|