Baseball Toaster Bad Altitude
Rockies Win Mets Series
2008-05-25 21:41
by Mark T.R. Donohue

There are two leads to the story about the Rockies' win today over New York: Aaron Cook's continuing greatness and Colorado's eye-popping lineup.

Let's do the second one first. Look at this lineup card:

Podsednik CF
Herrera 2B
Helton 1B
Spilborghs LF
Smith RF
Stewart 3B
Torrealba C
Quintanilla SS
Cook P

Six of the eight players from the Rockies' Opening Day lineup don't appear there. What happened to all of them? Troy Tulowitzki, you probably know, is on the disabled list. He's now been joined there by Clint Barmes, who hurt his knee on a play at second base in the first game of the series. Additionally, Brad Hawpe is on the DL with a hamstring injury. Wait, one more: Matt Holliday has a hamstring problem, too. Oh, and Garrett Atkins and Willy Taveras couldn't play today with injuries of their own, although they remain on the active roster. Things are not going so well for the Rockies.

Other than the fact that they did indeed win this game started by six bench players, thanks to a four-hit, one-walk, complete game effort from Aaron Cook. He's pretty excellent, right? One wonders what might have happened if he'd been healthy all down the stretch last season, asserted himself as the team's true ace as he is doing now, and gotten the start in Game 1 of the World Series. Might he have handled things better than Jeff Francis? Now that Colorado is mired in the situation they're in, such wishful thinking is kind of all their fans have going for them.

2008-05-25 22:59:13
1.   Pioneer Skies
After reading your latest post, I get the impression that Clint Barmes was a player from the Rockies' Opening Day lineup. Just as a reminder, Jayson Nix was the 2B for the Rockies on Opening Day (the 4/1 version). He is now putting up a .247 AVG for the Sky Sox. Two other players from the 5/25 game made appearances in the 4/1 official season opener. Ryan Spilborghs pinch-hit in the 7th inning and Scott Podsednik played LF as a defensive replacement in the bottom of the 9th.
2008-05-26 10:57:06
2.   Mark T.R. Donohue
1 You're absolutely right, it does give the impression that Barmes was the Opening Day starter. However, Barmes won his job, he didn't get it by injury -- unlike all of the other replacements in the Rockies' ad hoc lineup the other day. So while I might have been wrong in fact, I was right in spirit.

Comment status: comments have been closed. Baseball Toaster is now out of business.