With the new playoff format and the one game Wild Card game how would you fill out the Rockies lineup card? This is a fantasy land and the Rox made the playoffs AND are at home. You somehow got access to fill out the Rockies lineup…what does it look like?
Assuming rest is OK and you can pick any of the Rockies “starting” pitchers, what does your lineup look like? All current injuries apply. Here’s mine.
Leading off: as much as I want Dexter Fowler here I think his wrist is still enough to keep him out. I am putting Jordan Pacheco here and he is playing third.
Second is Josh Rutledge and he is playing second base. Even though Jim Tracy wasted a few months of great opportunities for Rutledge to log time at second he is thrown to the fire in the Wild Card game.
I read earlier this week that Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki were both healthy enough to play but with the season being over there was no reason for either to play the rest of the year. With that being said I am putting both of them into my lineup. CarGo hits third and Tulo is batting fourth. CarGo in left (yes, left) and Tulo at short.
In center field is Tyler Colvin and he is batting fifth.
Behind the plate is Wilin Rosario (and his poor D) with his big bat batting sixth.
Michael Cuddyer is also reportedly healthy enough to play. He was taking BP with the Rockies all this week and along with CarGo and Tulo there was talk that all three might play the final home game of the year. With him being healthy enough I have him at first base and batting seventh.
Pitching is Jeff Francis and keeping in line with what the Rockies have been doing all year I have informed Francis that he will basically get one time through the lineup. As much as starting pitchers generally do not like to get out of a routine I am following Francis with Jhoulys Chacin. Same deal for Chacin: one time through the lineup.
I am hoping for five or six innings between Francis and Chacin and then Matt Belisle and Rafael Betancourt are taking me the rest of the way. Belisle gets two innings and Betancourt gets one. If a third reliever is needed (…if…if…lol…”if”) then I have either Drew Pomeranz or Josh Roenicke ready depending on the situation. Clean inning? Pomeranz probably gets the nod and if I need a pitcher to come in mid-inning then it is Roenicke.
So my card is:
5 – Pacheco
4 – Rutledge
7 – Gonzalez
6 – Tulowitzki
8 – Colvin
2 – Rosario
3 – Cuddyer
9 – Brown
1 – Francis
What do you do? Leave a comment and let’s have some fun! Are you hesitant to use Tulo, CarGo or Cuddy since they haven’t played as much recently (or in Tulo’s case for months)?