Results tagged ‘ Jimmy Rollins ’

Polanco would fit the Rockies, but …

If the Phillies look to move veteran infielder and No. 2 hitter Placido Polanco, the Rockies would have interest. However, making a $7.25 million guarantee for 2012 into a payroll that might not be any higher than last year’s would prove difficult.

The Rockies need a professional hitter such as Polanco, 36, a seasoned postseason performer who could add a measure of toughness to a Rockies team that lacked it last season while going 73-89. On the field, the Rockies would have to determine whether Polanco can play second base as well as third, or if he is strictly a third baseman. And the team would have to get a handle on where he stands health-wise. He is recovering from offseason sports hernia surgery. The Phillies haven’t decided whether to move Polanco. Much depends on whether the Phillies sign Jimmy Rollins. If the Phillies don’t sign him, they may look for a third baseman such as Aramis Ramirez and deal Polanco.

However, the Rockies would have to move some salary, and that’s not easy.

 

Rockies drop Barmes to eighth, sit Hawpe

The hitting woes and defensive wonder of Clint Barmes are well-chronicled. Manager Jim Tracy admitted Thursday morning that he considered giving Barmes Thursday off against Phillies lefty standout Cliff Lee. However, the glove kept him on the field. Sinkerball specialist Aaron Cook is pitching for the Rockies, and needs top-notch defense.

However, Tracy dropped Barmes to eighth in the order.

He also gave a day off to All-Star right fielder Brad Hawpe, who has gone 5-for-31 (.161) on the current road trip.

Here are the lineups:

Rockies

Dexter Fowler, CF

Seth Smith, LF

Todd Helton, 1B

Troy Tulowitzki, SS

Garrett Atkins, 3B

Ryan Spilborghs, RF

Chris Iannetta, C

Clint Barmes, 2B

Aaron Cook, P

Phillies

Jimmy Rollins, SS

Shane Victorino, CF

Chase Utley, 2B

Ryan Howard, 1B

Raul Ibanez, LF

Jayson Werth, RF

Pedro Feliz, 3B

Paul Bako, C

Cliff Lee, P

Tulowitzki at cleanup: a strategic tool

Rockies manager Jim Tracy placed shortstop Troy Tulowitzzi in the cleanup position for the second time this year and in his career for Tuesday night’s game with the Phillies.

Tracy did it during a recent series against the Mets, but that was because the offense had been struggling. Tuesday’s game was a strategic move to combat Phillies left-handed starter Jamie Moyer, not to mention a bullpen with just one lefty.

Tulowitzki is between the team’s most dangerous left-handed hitters, No. 3 hitter Todd Helton and usual cleanup man Brad Hawpe. That gives Moyer different looks. And if Phillies manager Jerry Manuel uses lefty Scott Eyre later against Helton, he’ll have a decision to make: keep Eyre against Tulowitzki before facing Hawpe or lose the possibility of a left-on-left matchup with Hawpe.

This could be a trend through the rest of the series, with the Rockies facing lefties J.A. Happ on Wednesday and Cliff Lee on Thursday. But don’t expect this move to become permanent.

“Actually, I’m very comfortable where ‘Tulo’ is at [normally] in the five spot in our order,” Tracy said.

Also, switch-hitting Dexter Fowler center fielder is leading off, right-handed hitting Ryan Spilborghs is in left field and right-handed hitting Garrett Atkins is at third base.<p>

Here are the lineups:

Rockies

Dexter Fowler, CF

Clint Barmes, 2B

Todd Helton, 1B

Brad Hawpe, RF

Ryan Spilborghs, LF

Garrett Atkins, 3B

Chris Iannetta, C

Jason Hammel, P

Phillies

Jimmy Rollins, SS

Shane Victorino, CF

Chase Utley, 2B

Ryan Howard, 1B

Raul Ibanez, LF

Jayson Werth, RF

Pedro Feliz, 3B

Carlos Ruiz, C

Jamie Moyer, P

Torrealba gets matchup, Iannetta gets work

The Rockies have drawn a tough matchup in the Phillies’ Brett Myers, who is 6-0 in seven career games against the Rockies. But one player who hits him well is catcher Yorvit Torrealba (3-for-7), and that’s one reason he is in the starting lineup Saturday night. Another reason is to allow catcher Chris Iannetta to work with hitting coach Don Baylor. Iannetta homered in the opener but that is his only hit in 11 at-bats. Here are the lineups:

Rockies

Ryan Spilborghs         CF

Seth Smith                 LF

Garrett Atkins             3B

Brad Hawpe                RF

Troy Tulowitzki            SS

Yorvit Torrealba            C

Clint Barmes              2B

Jorge De La Rosa         P

Phillies

Jimmy Rollins             SS

Shane Victorino          CF

Chase Utley               2B

Ryan Howard             1B

Jayson Werth            RF

Raul Ibanez               LF

Pedro Feliz               3B

Chris Coste                C

Brett Myers                P

 

 

Phils + Rox = fun

The schedulemaker couldn’t have picked a potentially bigger offensive series to open the Coors Field schedule. But skip the hype. Here are the lineups:

Rockies

Dexter Fowler         CF

Ryan Spilborghs     LF

Todd Helton           1B

Garrett Atkins        3B

Brad Hawpe          RF

Troy Tulowtizki      SS

Chris Iannetta         C

Clint Barmes         2B

Jason Marquis        P

Phillies

Jimmy Rollins        SS

Shane Victorino     CF

Chase Utley           2B

Ryan Howard         1B

Jayson Werth         RF

Raul Ibanez            LF

Pedro Feliz            3B

Carlos Ruiz             C

Cole Hamels           P

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