Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Lineup Card: Rockies vs Nationals 6-26-12


Colorado Rockies (28-44)
  1. Dexter Fowler (CF)
  2. Jordan Pacheco (3B)
  3. Carlos Gonzalez (LF)
  4. Michael Cuddyer (RF)
  5. Todd Helton (1B)
  6. Chris Nelson (2B)
  7. Wilin Rosario (C)
  8. Jonathan Herrera (SS)
  9. Christian Friedrich (P)
Never a dull moment with these here Rockies. The USA Today — not the Denver Post, because the Rockies apparently feel it's necessary to stick it to the local media — is reporting that Bob Apodaca has asked for and been granted a reassignment within the Rockies organization. 

According to Tracy Ringolsby, the Rockies will now split the pitching coach duties between Jim Wright (bullpen) and Bo McLaughlin (starters). I imagine that setup will remain in place at least through the end of this season. And we've also now learned that Apodaca will be taking on a role titled "Special Assistant to the General Manager", which basically means "We don't have the balls to fire you, so here's a desk, office and paycheck. Be here everyday by noon." 

But the only news that really matters is that, for better or worse, he's no longer the Rockies pitching coach. And I'm 90% sure it's for the better, because constantly attempting to solve pitching at Coors Field has a way of mentally beating people down over time. Keeping the minds (and arms, too) involved in the process as fresh as possible seems like a good plan of action to me, but it also might be impossible to keep them fresh enough to really be effective for a sustained stretch. 

Washington Nationals (41-30)
  1. Danny Espinosa (2B)
  2. Bryce Harper (CF)
  3. Ryan Zimmerman (3B)
  4. Michael Morse (RF)
  5. Adam LaRoche (1B)
  6. Ian Desmond (SS)
  7. Tyler Moore (LF)
  8. Jesus Flores (C)
  9. Gio Gonzalez (P)
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