As the Root crew have been joking almost daily for the past week, one thing you can count on is Eric Young, Jr. getting penciled into the top of the lineup.
Today is no exception.
One missing piece of the lineup is Michael Cuddyer, who was reinstated last night after coming off the 15 day DL. Word is that he is fine, the team just wants to ease him back into the swing of things (pun intended).
Josh Rutledge is in the lineup, possibly because he proved that his quad is feeling much better by tripling last night in the seventh, knocking home the go ahead run and then scoring himself on a safety squeeze put down by EYj. Can’t do both of those things effectively if you aren’t close to 100%!
The Rockies are looking to extend their winning streak, currently an MLB best 4 games. The Rockies current 4-game winning streak is the Rockies longest since winning 5-straight games (5/28-6/1). Tonight’s game is the second of four against the Marlins and the fifth game on the current 7-game homestand.
Jeff Francis will make his 15th start of 2012 tonight. This will be Francis’ fourth career start against the Marlins and first since 2010. He is 2-0 with a 1.42 ERA (19.0 ip, 3 er) in his three starts vs. MIA, which are all Rockies victories.
Wade LeBlanc’s job is to make sure Francis doesn’t notch a win. LeBlanc will make his 15th appearance and fourth start of the season for the Marlins tonight. This will be his seventh start against the Rockies in his career where he is 1-3 with a 4.93 ERA (34.2 ip, 19 er) against the Rox.
IS THERE A DJ IN THE HOUSE?
DJ LeMahieu notched the first triple of his career last night when he connected on a 2-out three-bagger to left-center. DJ then scored the Rockies first run of the game on a wild pitch. The triple was the 42nd triple for the Rockies this season, which already surpasses the 40 triples Colorado had in 2011. The Rockies 42 triples also lead all Major League teams this season. Additionally, Dexter Fowler leads the Majors with his 11 triples, while Tyler Colvin ranks tied for 6th in the NL with his 7 triples.
LeMahieu also finished the night by going 2-for-4 with the triple and 2 runs scored. Last night was LeMahieu’s fifth multi-hit game in his last seven starts, since 8/8 at LAD. He has now hit safely in seven of his nine starts this month and owns a batting line in August of: .389 average (14-for-36), 1 double, 1 triple, 1 home run, 5 RBI, 9 runs. His .389 batting average leads all NL middle infielders with at least 35 plate appearances this month.