Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Lineup Card: Rockies vs Giants

The Rockies are on the cusp of something very significant tonight in San Francisco.  To go in to that stadium against the team with the best home record in 2009 (and against Lincecum, Zito, and now Cain tonight no less) and sweep the series, would be one of the high points in Rockies road history.

A history in which there haven't been many road highlights.

I hope they aren't satisfied with winning the series.  I hope they come out and fight as hard as they have the first two games to put them in this position.

Rockies Lineup (28-24)

  • CF Gonzalez
  • LF Smith
  • 1B Helton
  • SS Tulowitzki
  • RF Hawpe
  • C   Iannetta
  • 3B Stewart
  • 2B Barmes
  • P   Francis
Might seem like a strange time to bench Barmes.  I kinda like the idea though.  He's in a good place right now, why send him out there against a guy he usually struggles against and risk losing that.  Besides that, he can stay fresh, and Jonathan Herrara can get his feet wet in a big game.

Miguel Olivo was scratched from the original lineup with a displaced thumbnail on his right hand.  Sounds like he's available if needed and will start on Friday.  

Giants Lineup (27-24)
  • RF Torres
  • 2B Sanchez
  • 3B Sandoval
  • SS Uribe
  • C  Molina
  • LF Huff
  • 1B Posey
  • CF Roward
  • P   Cain
Slight shuffling of the deck for the Giants. Although I think any team that hits Juan Uribe cleanup has some issues to address with their offense.

Rock Solid Recap: Maligned Rockies Come Up Big

If Baseball is a game of what have you done for me lately, then three of the Rockies biggest targets for criticism have taken the elevator from outhouse to penthouse in San Francisco.

I'm fully aware outhouses don't have elevators but just go with me here. It's late.

Rockies 2, Giants 1 (11)

Winning Player: Clint Barmes

Aside from Franklin Morales, no Rockie has taken more flack than Clint. Granted, some of it has been warranted, but the majority of it has been complete nonsense and/or a fabrication based on useless statisitcal analysis. .

Whatever the case, I think almost all of that criticism -- warranted and nonsense -- is going to die down for the next few weeks. He's earned a break.