Taking nothing for granted at wet Coors Field
UPDATE:The Giants pulled catcher Buster Posey from the lineup because of a case of shingles. The revised lineup is below.
Rain and a little lightning hit Coors Field just as the Rockies finished batting practice. The Giants didn’t get to take pregame swings, but all is fine now and there is baseball.
Anyhow, batting practice for the Rockies is a much-needed activity before a confrontation with Giants two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum.
The numbers aren’t that bad. in 10 career starts at Coors, Lincecum is 4-3 with a 3.61 ERA. Overall, the Rockies’ Todd Helton hits .364 with a .475 on-base percentage against him, and several other Rockies have had a smattering of success against him.
But that’s far from thinking the Rockies have Lincecum right where they want him. Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said it’s not as if the Rockies have a magical approach.
“If I had the answer to that question, there would be a lot more people who’d have success against him,” Tulowitzki said.
Manager Jim Tracy offered an easier-said-than-executed formula.
“If you start expanding your strike zone against this guy, he will feast on you,” Tracy said. “He has had a reputation, certainly early on in his career, where he got a lot of oouts where hitters got themselves out. He got a lot of outs by throwing balls that we and other hitters in the league would make strikes. You’ve got to get him into the strike zone.
“And when the pitch shows up to put in play and hit it hard, you can’t swing and miss, you can’t foul it off, you’ve got to get the ball in play and hopefully something positive will happen.”
The Rockies are starting their No. 1, Jeremy Guthrie, who has had scant experience against the Giants. Beyond Melky Cabrera, who is hitting .355 in 31 at-bats, no one has more than six at-bats against Guthrie. Abrey Huff is 4-for-6, and pablo Sandoval is 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Here are the lineups:
Angel Pagan, CF
Melky Cabrera, LF
Pablo Sandoval, 3B
Aubrey Huff, 1B
Hector Sanchez, C
Nate Schierholtz, RF
Brandon Crawford, SS
Emmanuel Burriss, 2B
Tim Lincecum, RHP
Marco Scutaro, 2B
Dexter Fowler, CF
Carlos Gonzalez, LF
Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Todd Helton, 1B
Michael Cuddyer, RF
Ramon Hernandez, C
Chris Nelson, 3B
Jeremy Guthrie, RHP