Thursday, May 20, 2010

Lineup Card: A Must Win In Houston

Yeah, I went there.  It's a must win tonight.

This team has to show us the ability to overcome adversity.  Jim Tracy will tell you they have because they've hovered around .500 despite the injuries.  I'm telling you Jim Tracy is full of crap.  This team hasn't overcome anything, and if the team is resting on the injury excuse, then we have our explanation for the uninspired baseball we're seeing.

Is there such a thing as a good error?  Of course not, but sometimes you have to overcome one.  That didn't happen last night, and it hasn't happened enough all season.  Just the same, too many errors have happened.

Are the umpires going to blow calls?  Absolutely.  But good teams will overcome that.  The Rockies haven't.

When the offense blows an opportunity, do they battle right back, or disappear 3-4 innings at a time?  More times than not, the offense disappears.  That's giving in to adversity and frustration.

Where's the resilience?

I don't know where it is, but it damn sure better show up in the dugout tonight in Houston.

Rockies Lineup

  • CF Gonzalez
  • LF Smith
  • 1B Helton
  • SS Tulowitzki
  • RF Hawpe
  • C  Olivo
  • 3B Stewart
  • 2B Barmes
  • P   Jimenez
So the big change tonight is Helton back in the 3 hole.  Yawn.  

And what the bloody hell did Fowler do to get benched again?  

Astros Lineup
  • CF Bourn 
  • 2B Keppinger
  • 1B Berkman
  • LF Lee
  • RF Pence
  • 3B Feliz
  • SS Manzella
  • C  Quintero
  • P  Oswalt
Simulation (If this is the real score tonight then something has gone terribly wrong for both pitchers)

Rockies 9, Astros 5

WP: Ubaldo Jimenez (5-1)
LP: Roy Oswalt (2-2)

Home Runs

Colorado: Tulowitzki (8), Smith (5)
Houston: Pence (12), Keppinger (4)

Player of the Game: Todd Helton (4-for-6, 2 2B, RBI, 3 R)


David Martin said...

I must say that I do not have a problem with Fowler sitting tonight. He is horrible from the left side of the plate and I hope that the switch hitting experiment ends soon. He does occasionally make decent contact from the left side, but never with a hard thrower on the mound like Oswalt. Him taking a seat tonight is a good thing in my book.

Mark Townsend said...

Fair enough. I just like the speed factor when an offense is failing to string together hits and you're looking at a likely low scoring game.