Huston Street could begin a rehab assignment on Monday. That's awesome news.
The Rockies are getting very close to being healthy, which makes this next stretch of games even more important. I mean tonight in San Diego. I mean this weekend in LA. I mean next week vs Philly.
You don't want to dig a hole now with these guys on the verge of returning. Stay afloat, keep the pressure off them when they return, and then get ready to take off in a big way in the middle of the month.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
- LF Young
- CF Fowler
- 1B Helton
- SS Tulowitzki
- RF Gonzalez
- 3B Mora
- C Olivo
- 2B Barmes
- P Cook
- CF Gwynn
- 2B Eckstein
- 1B Gonzalez
- 3B Headley
- RF Venable
- LF Blanks
- SS J. Hairston
- C Hundley
- P Richard
The more I think about the lineup (and the CONSTANT shuffling) the more I want stability. For the next 500 or so words I'm going to tell Jim Tracy how to fill out his lineup card and provide his team with that stability.
My Lineup Card (tonight vs San Diego)
This will not just be the lineup tonight, this will be the lineup for the next several days (insert Seth Smith for Spilborghs vs.a righty).
When Brad Hawpe returns, your lineup should look like this.
Padres 3, Rockies 2
And you'd be right to do so. He plain and simply failed at his job tonight.
He came out missing the strike zone, which ultimately led to home plate umpire Mark Carlson squeezing him the rest of the inning (especially the Gonzalez AB). And you know that didn't end well at all.
There's obviously some work that needs to be done on the mental side for Franklin. Taking him away from pressure situations in the short term might be a smart move, but I'm honestly not sure who you replace him with given Betancourt, Daley and Corpas not being very sharp lately.
That'll be something that will have Jim Tracy tossing and turning in his hotel room tonight.