Tracy stays with Fowler despite scary matchup numbers
Tuesday night is as good a night as any for Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler to crack Pirates right-handed pitcher Kevin Correia.
Fowler is 0-for-19 in 21 plate appearances against Correia. Fowler has struck out nine times against one walk, and has a sacrifice bunt.
With Fowler hitting .222, it would seem a good time to sit him. But Fowler went 2-for-5 over the final two games of the Milwaukee series, when the Rockies took 2-of-3, and manager Jim Tracy said he wants to make sure to send Fowler the message that he is the starter in center field. Last year, Fowler struggled early when he was in and out of the lineup. After a demotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs, Fowler received steady playing time and was one of the hottest hitters on the team in the second half of the year.
This year Fowler has drawn seven walks and has a .327 on-base percentage, as well as two home runs and six RBIs from the No. 2 spot in the batting order.
Tracy has rotated his bench players into the starting lineup at various times, and said Wednesday’s doubleheader is a time to continue that practice. But he also wants his regular players to feel that they’re regulars, even when playing through slumps.
“I want them all in a good place, and I want them all to come to the ballpark with the realization and the expectation that unless I’ve told them something differently, that you expect to play,” Tracy said. “I don’t want them walking in here feeling like they have to do guesswork from day today whether or not they’re gonig to be in there.”
The most favorable matcup for the Rockies is catcher Ramon Hernandez, who is 3-for-5 (.600) with a double agaisnt Correia. Also, Carlos Gonzalez, hitting a pedestrian .240, is 4-for-14 with two home runs and a double against Correia.
Rockies lefty Jamie Moyer, the oldest pitcher to win a game in Major League history, will try to add to his record tonight at 49 years and 158 days.
Marco Scutaro, 2B (.222)
Dexter Fowler, CF (.222)
Carlos Gonzalez, LF (.240)
Troy Tulowitzki, SS (.296)
Todd Helton, 1B (.239)
Michael Cuddyer, RF (.345)
Ramon Hernandez, C (.289)
Chris Nelson, 3B (.256)
Jamie Moyer, LHP (.000)
Alex Presley, LF (.273)
Jose Tabata, RF (.170)
Andrew McCutchen, CF (.351)
Casey McGehee, 1B (.278)
Neil Walker, 2B (.240)
Yamico Navarro, 3B (.000)
Rod Barajas, C (.091)
Clint Barmes, SS (.089)
Kevin Correia, RHP (.251)