Sunday, May 19, 2013

Walt Weiss Not Afraid: Changing Up the Colorado Rockies Starting Lineup

Walt Weiss is not afraid to switch around the Colorado Rockies' lineup, going with whatever is working at the time.  There have been many different looks this year.  It seems Weiss has been making the right decisions of late, with wins against the San Francisco Giants.  The Colorado Rockies managed to end a 10-game losing streak against the Giants, which goes back to last season.

On Friday, May 17th, against the Giants' Bumgarner, Walt Weiss started the following batting lineup:
  • Eric Young, Jr. - RF
  • Dexter Fowler - CF
  • Carlos Gonzalez - LF
  • Troy Tulowitzki - SS
  • Wilin Rosario - C
  • Nolan Arrenado - 3B
  • DJ LeMahieu - 2B
  • Jordan Pacheco - 1B
  • Jorge De La Rosa - P

On Saturday, May 18th, against the Giants' Lincecum, Walt Weiss started the following batting lineup:
  • Dexter Fowler - CF
  • Josh Rutledge - 2B
  • Carlos Gonzalez - LF
  • Troy Tulowitzki - SS
  • Wilin Rosario - C
  • Todd Helton - 1B
  • Nolan Arrenado - 3B
  • Charlie Blackmon - RF
  • Tyler Chatwood - P

On Sunday, May 19th, against the Giants' Zito, Walt Weiss started the following batting lineup:
  • Eric Young, Jr - RF
  • Dexter Fowler - CF
  • Carlos Gonzalez - LF
  • Troy Tulowitzki - SS
  • Jordan Pacheco - 1B
  • DJ LeMahieu - 3B
  • Josh Rutledge - 2B
  • Yorvit Torrealba - C
  • Juan Nicasio -P

With such strength on the bench, Walt Weiss can mix up the lineup as much as he wants.  The Colorado Rockies' offense is definitely making a huge difference in this season's record so far.  Both Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki are red hot, on fire!  CarGo is batting .310 and Tulo is averaging .333.  

Charlie Blackmon came up from Triple-A to cover for Michael Cuddyer, who was placed on the 15-day DL with a neck injury.  Cuddy's departure has brought Blackmon in ready to play.  Since May 12th, Charlie has averaged .267 and gotten on base 31% of the time.  

Charlie Blackmon, Colorado Rockies' Right Fielder


DJ LeMahieu was also called up from AAA, Colorado Springs to take Reid Brignac's place, who was not quite getting the hits.  DJ is an extremely versatile player, filling in at second and third bases, as well as shortstop, if necessary.  He has been filling in since May 16th.

DJ LeMahieu

No matter who starts for the Colorado Rockies, the roster is deep.  When the Mile High team is clicking on all cylinders, they are difficult to stop.  Thanks to the bullpen, when the offense is not doing well, the pitching reserves pull their weight.  The Colorado Rockies have most definitely been fun to watch so far this year.  

Who will start for the Rockies when they turn their attention to the Arizona Diamondbacks next?  We'll all have to wait and see.

Go Rockies!