Herrera Starting at 3rd, Dex Dropped to 8th

Welcome home guys, here’s your line-up. Herrera, you’re gonna be playing third tonight…and, oh yeah, Dex you will be hitting eighth.

The team is looking to get off to a strong start at home as they welcome the New York Mets. With Nelsons struggles on the road (0-13) it was time to bring in the “hot bat” of Johnny “Sparkplug” Herrera. Herrera, who is batting .389, also has a strong glove at the hot corner.

Dexter “has struggled mightily since the beginning of Spring Training” Fowler has been moved down to eighth in the line-up, and the team is hoping he wont be inviting his .222 batting average to join him. His .311 OBP looks awfully meager when compared to his .363 OBP at the end of last season.

Here is the rest of the line-up for the 6:40 PM first pitch:

Scutaro 2B
Herrera 3B
CarGo  LF
Tulo  SS
Helton  1B
Cuddyer  RF
Hernandez  C
Fowler  CF
Pomeranz  P


IN GAME CHAT (just click play to chat during game)

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62 Comments

    • jaredean

      April 27, 2012

      For those of you not TiVo’ing the game because of a hot date, i’ve setup chat to launch at 6:30…I do have a hot date :-), so i’ll be on later to catch up to the action and do the post-game…

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    • Pooter

      April 27, 2012

      I like Herrera at 3rd base and second in the order. I think this upgrades the 8th and 2nd spot int he order.

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    • Bill

      April 27, 2012

      Count me as unconvinced. Nelson’s hitting .300+ at home, .000 on the road. So sit him on the road, play him at home. Why wait until they return home and then sit him. That said I think Herrara’s a better #2 hitter than Dex. But if Scutaro doesn’t get start getting on more than it doesn’t matter.

      Frankly I think they should have kept Pacheco here. He can hit and he can play 4 positions so in my opinion he would become at least an adequate defensive 3rd baseman fairly quickly. And his bat is better than any other 3rd baseman they in the system with the exception of Arrendo. I guess. I haven’t seen him but everybody says he’s the real deal.

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    • Agbayani

      April 27, 2012

      Sigh.

      Deja vu with the Herrera/Fowler things. Because that worked out so well last year:

      Herrera, April 2011: 824 OPS
      Herrera, May 2011: 608 OPS

      But this year is different! Jonny has a new approach at the plate or something! I have an idea: maybe if a bad player has a good 18 ABs (that’s what Jonny has so far this year) it proves that he’s really a good player!

      (Of course, I do think Herrera should be starting at 3B, but that’s only because Nelson has been awful at the plate AND in the field.)

      Pacheco dreamers: yeah, he’s hitting at Colo Springs so far, but check out Purple Row’s last minor league report. One of the comments (from a guy who watched the game) tells us it was another rough night at 3B for Pacheco. I just don’t see that experiment happening.

      My short-term stop-gap pray-for-Arenado pick: LeMahieu. He’s had trouble at 2B this year, but he’s got a rep as a solid defensive SS (and the conversion to 3B is more natural), and there’s really no reason to think Pacheco will be better offensively.

      Did you folks see the Nats called up Bryce Harper? 19 years old, not nearly as ready as Arenado. No pressure or anything, Nolan…

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      • jaredean

        April 27, 2012

        The difference this season from last is that his mother was battling cancer during the season and that really distracted him…it wasn’t his approach, etc…he started strong and then with the family distractions lost his focus (http://tinyurl.com/heRoxrera) she ended up dying in November and he took Winter ball off…

        Not saying he wont struggle, have more issues, etc…but I really think he gets a lot of the short end of the stick with the fans…he and EY2 have proven they have a lot to give the team and so far they have done better than most on the field each day…

        But, take all of that with a grain of salt – i am a “sparkplug apologist” 🙂

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        • jeem

          April 28, 2012

          From the bandwagon: Jonny rocks.

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      • GARY

        April 28, 2012

        Jordan is a bat w/o a position.If they don’t move him back to catcher,then move him to AL in a trade for some much needed PITCHING!!!!!!!!!!

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    • ProgMatinee

      April 27, 2012

      How about move Scutaro to 3rd and play Pacheco at 2nd?

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      • trip

        April 27, 2012

        Put a bad defenseman in the middle of the defense. Please, no.

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        • ProgMatinee

          April 27, 2012

          But if he’s a better 2b than a 3b it could make sense. Sometimes the defense should be sacrificed for offense.

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    • Miketober

      April 27, 2012

      I never heard of this Schwinden guy, so I fully expected the Rockies to be no-hit. What a pleasant surprise for them to get 2 runs. 2 ought to be enough.

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    • Agbayani

      April 27, 2012

      EY at 2b and leading off, Scutaro to 3b, Nelson/Herrera to the bench. I’m ready for it …

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    • Swede

      April 27, 2012

      Thanks yampaja. I’m at thd game so I was wondering what was going on.

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      • Miketober

        April 27, 2012

        NOOO!!! With our pen, score every run you can tonight!

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    • Swede

      April 27, 2012

      Wow is tight. I’ve become horse in one inning alone!

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      • GARY

        April 28, 2012

        i TURNED IT OFF AT 6-2!Thank god for the late night replay.Just saw the big 5th in.rally at 1:15-1:45 AM.

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    • SteveinAurora

      April 27, 2012

      Nice turn-around for the Rox…glad that Dex hit his homer to help out the team. However, flipping the bat?? If I’m a Met’s pitcher, I’m aiming for his lead hip at some point during this series.

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    • Agbayani

      April 27, 2012

      Not so fast … looking like an old style Coors Field game.

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      • trip

        April 27, 2012

        cbssports.com has a more up to date game tracker. try that one.

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    • Agbayani

      April 27, 2012

      Just gonna throw this out there: Pomeranz is hurt.

      I think we sold Cleveland damaged goods in Ubaldo, but I’m afraid we may have gotten damaged goods back in return. Pomeranz was advertised as having a 93-95 mph fastball. This year before tonight: average was 90. Tonight: 86-88. I hope I’m wrong, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s the next guy in line for TJ or some other surgery.

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      • ProgMatinee

        April 27, 2012

        hope not, but you might be right. still he seems to be pitching well even at the slower speed.

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    • Agbayani

      April 27, 2012

      Steve in Aurora: your prediction may come true. Ramon Ramirez, our old headhunter friend, will have the chance to drill Fowler …

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    • Swede

      April 27, 2012

      Shootout at the Coors Corral!

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    • ProgMatinee

      April 27, 2012

      Finally saw dex bat flip …I like it. Need to see some attitude. Hope we stick with this lineup tomorrow

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    • Agbayani

      April 27, 2012

      Prog (sorry about that 56k type connection), I agree with you about Dex. I like the bat flip. I think we need a little more attitude out there. Even if a guy who hit 2 HRs last year isn’t usually the guy who should be flipping the bat.

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      • ProgMatinee

        April 27, 2012

        Lol I think the slow connection is on espn not knowing how to score that big inning. Finally got the tv back so now I am watching.

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      • Miketober

        April 27, 2012

        Yeah I agree Prog. Kudos to Cargo and Tulo for a good night, but that was classic. Cargo wiffed on 1 strike and Tulo popped out on the first pitch. Good ABs by Todd and Cuddy though.

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        • ProgMatinee

          April 27, 2012

          Hard to complain, but yeah even on good nights some of these bad habits still show.

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    • ProgMatinee

      April 27, 2012

      Knew that was coming! Awesome pick up so far, can he last the whole year?

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    • Swede

      April 27, 2012

      Change that to the hitout at the Coors Coral!

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    • Agbayani

      April 27, 2012

      How about Dex running that one out like it was a tie game or something!

      Yeah, somebody’s gonna get drilled real soon.

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      • ProgMatinee

        April 27, 2012

        If it was Sunday I’d agree, but doubt either team wants the whole weekend to be about payback

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    • Miketober

      April 27, 2012

      Did you see the commercial where the guy had David Ortiz on his back? That was hilarious.

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    • Bob in WV

      April 27, 2012

      Good to see some jacks with guys on base. Four homers, 11 rbi’s.

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      • ProgMatinee

        April 27, 2012

        I’ve nioticed that too. Last year it was all solo shots, this year they’ve really improved their rips hitting.

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      • Miketober

        April 27, 2012

        And the Rockies’ bullpen set up perfectly. Efficiency for Belisle, rest for Betancourt, and no-pressure work for Brothers.

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    • Bob in WV

      April 27, 2012

      Just started watching after the big inning. However, it sounds like the Rox have taken advantage of all the errors by the Mets. ‘Bout time!

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    • trip

      April 27, 2012

      RBro had a little bit of a rough time, but definite improvement.

      RBro?
      ReBro?

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    • Timo

      April 27, 2012

      Guts w/ a bike accident and on DL. Geez.

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    • Sedin

      April 27, 2012

      Moscoso recalled from Sky Sox and will start tomorrow in place of Guthrie.

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    • rockymountainhigh

      April 27, 2012

      Geez. Now we lose two fifths of our rotation in one night – Guthrie and Pomeranz. Wish one of them was Chacin instead of either of them.

      Moscosco? NO! I prefer Chatwood and White. But I think they had recent outings and are unavailable this soon. Mets are going to be teeing off on Moscoso with big flies. I think we should call back Putnam as well and drop Escalona or Roenicke to reinforce the bullpen.

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    • milehimarc

      April 28, 2012

      White threw Thursday…Chatwood Friday…70 pitches in 4 scoreless innings.
      My 1st reaction is since the Sky Sox were in Fresno…and an hour behind time wise…Chatwood was pulled when Pomeranz left the game in Denver.

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      • sdcarp

        April 28, 2012

        Chatwood is getting his chance. Outman has also made a little progress in rehab. Friedrich has pitched well also.

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    • GARY

      April 28, 2012

      If baseball fates prevail,you can expect a 2-1 nail bitter tomorrow!Wasn’t it just about this time last year when the rotation started falling like miller moths? We really need guys to step up,not fall down.Baseball is so notorious for weird injuries.Add biking DL to Venison overload and car door finger slam!

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