Saturday, July 31, 2010

Lineup Card: Rockies vs Cubs

The last time the Rockies won a game by 10+ runs (last Tuesday in Florida), they went on to lose 8 games in a row.  So I hope you'll pardon me if I don't get too overly excited about last night's historic breakout inning against a really questionable middle relief core.

For last night's game to mean as much as Rockies fans so desperately want it to, it has to be followed up with another win.  This team can't afford to turn right back around and lose 3-2 or 8-4 or 10-1.  They have to follow up and keep the good feelings going.

Here's the lineup they'll attempt to do that with...

Rockies Lineup (53-50)
  1. CF  Fowler
  2. 2B  Barmes
  3. LF  Gonzalez
  4. SS  Tulowitzki
  5. 3B  Mora
  6. RF  Spilborghs
  7. 1B  Hawpe
  8. C    Olivo
  9. P    Hammel
Iannetta sits against another lefty. Why?  That he's even sitting at all right now kind of drives me crazy.  That he's sitting against yet another lefty makes me wonder what Jim Tracy sees from his dugout perch that the rest of us don't.  

PS: Iannetta should be rested by now, right?  Or is little Ashlyn not letting him get his rest?  

PSS: Johnny Herrera... where has thee gone?   

Cubs Lineup (46-57)
  1. RF  Colvin
  2. SS  Castro
  3. 1B  Lee
  4. 3B  Ramirez
  5. CF  Byrd
  6. LF  Soriano
  7. C    Soto
  8. 2B  Fontenot
  9. P    Gorzelanny 
Get to Gorzelanny early.  Get into this Cubs bullpen early.  Chances are good things will happen.  

Let settle Gorzelanny settle in.  Let fill-in manager Alan Trammel setup his 'pen the way he wants it, maybe using Marmol or 4-5 outs if he can, then you're in real danger of letting the game slip away.

Also... I like that Trammel filled out his lineup card early.  Lou usually leaves us waiting until 90 or so minutes before first pitch.