Sunday, April 3, 2011

Lineup Card: 4-3-11

If you're looking for Rockies game lineups and you don't feel like searching all over Twitter or waiting for to post them, check back to Heaven & Helton about 60-90 minutes before first pitch and they should be here waiting for you.

Lineups just in case we get this game in today. Right now it doesn't sound too promising.

Colorado Rockies (1-1)
  1. CF Dexter Fowler
  2. 2B Jonathan Herrera
  3. LF Carlos Gonzalez
  4. SS Troy Tulowitzki
  5. 3B Jose Lopez
  6. 1B Ty Wigginton
  7. RF Ryan Spilborghs
  8. C   Jose Morales
  9. P   Jhoulys Chacin
Arizona Diamondbacks (1-1)
  1. SS Willie Bloomquist
  2. 2B Kelly Johnson
  3. RF Justin Upton
  4. 1B Russell Branyan
  5. CF Chris Young
  6. C   Miguel Montero
  7. 3B Ryan Roberts
  8. LF Gerardo Parra
  9. P    Joe Saunders

Rock Solid Recap: The long climb back to .500

1-1 means one of two things.
  1. You're disappointed you're not 2-0.
  2. You're relieved you're not 0-2.
The Colorado Rockies fall under the latter category after tonight's hard fought victory.

-- You have to start with Jorge De La Rosa. He was hurling quite a gem out there for 5+ innings before exiting with that nasty blood blister. We're just relieved to hear that's all it was considering it was the same finger he tore the tendon band on last season.

5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 5 K.

At 87 pitches, it's likely that would have been his final inning. Maybe not in July when pitch counts are extended, but at this stage 95-100 would be a reasonable number. Arizona's Daniel Hudson exited after six innings and 101 pitches. Can we find a way to get him?

-- Matt Belisle needed three webgems to get through his 1 2/3. Watch Cargo's beauty.

-- Rafael Betancourt was solid in his frame. Huston Street? Not so much. You'd have to watch the inning to really understand how messy it was. He couldn't put anyone away with his slider. He lost his balance turning to make a pickoff throw. He looked as uncomfortable as I've seen him in his career. And that's saying something.

I like Street. I really do. He can do the job if you need him to, but he's not going to lead this team is saves this season. Jim Tracy will eventually experiment with power arms Matt Lindstrom and Felipe Paulino. I predict one of them will sitck and help make life in the ninth inning a little easier.

-- Tulowitzki remains hitless.

That would be quite a story on May 2nd. April 2nd, not so much. He's just not seeing the ball well. It's not the curse of Katy Perry. Has nothing to do with pressure from the contract. He's a notorius slow starter. You should know that going in, and you know what will follow once he's locked in.

-- Good Chris Iannetta is really good. Why Arizona pitched to him with a base open and a RISP I don't know, but I thank them. Of course De La Rosa followed with an RBI of his own. but Iannetta's RBI double would prove to be the dagger.