Thursday, June 21, 2012

Rock Solid Recap: Maybe Jeff Francis Should Start Four Times A Week

Rockies 4, Phillies 1 (boxscore)

You know, since the Rockies lone two wins in the last 14 games have come in Francis starts. Let him start. Give him a 30-pitch limit. Give one day of rest. Bring him right back.

That's pretty sound logic, right Jimbo?

Winning Players: I was all set to name Wilin Rosario and Chris Nelson the Winning Players before last night's ridiculous 9th inning meltdown. To their credit, they came right back tonight and earned the right again by each connecting for a two-run homer to help the Rockies avoid the sweep.

Highlights of the Night

The month of June hasn't provided many positives. In fact, Chris Nelson's recent improved play is the only one I can think of off hand. I'm sure there's something obvious I'm missing though. As for Rosario, he's strong as hell, and should he develop anything resembling decent plate discipline, he'll be pretty special.  For now, though, I'll just enjoy the tape measure bombs and his kid like enthusiasm as he rounds the bases.

Lineup Card: Rockies @ Phillies 6-21-12


Colorado Rockies (25-42)
  1. Dexter Fowler (CF)
  2. Marco Scutaro (SS)
  3. Carlos Gonzalez (LF)
  4. Michael Cuddyer (1B)
  5. Tyler Colvin (RF)
  6. Jordan Pacheco (3B)
  7. Chris Nelson (2B)
  8. Wilin Rosario (C)
  9. Jeff Francis (P)
Dexter Fowler earned his way back into the lineup with a great relief appearance, so that's good to see. Tyler Colvin remains in the lineup himself, but he'll swap positions defensively with Michael Cuddyer after struggling mightily in his last start at first base. 

Philadelphia Phillies (33-37)
  1. Jimmy Rollins (SS)
  2. Juan Pierre (LF)
  3. Hunter Pence (RF)
  4. Carlos Ruiz (C)
  5. Shane Victorino (CF)
  6. Placido Polanco (3B)
  7. John Mayberry (1B)
  8. Michael Martinez (2B)
  9. Vance Worley (P)
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