The San Francisco Giants arrived in Denver for a three game – and a bit – series against the Colorado Rockies. What was meant to be solely a three game set, will also feature the end of a game which was suspended on the 22nd of May. The game from May ended in the bottom of the sixth with a runner on base for the Rockies, and will resume exactly how it left off, at two runs apiece.
Without further ado, here are the lineups and notes for today’s two games:
Bruce Bochy has been playing a cat and mouse game with the Rockies, revealing that either Jean Machi or Jeremy Affeldt would start the game, but wouldn’t reveal whether the right hander or left hander would start. The rockies will have the start the game with a pinch-hitter as Troy Tulowitzki, who is on the DL, is meant to be batting next.
With the September roster expansions the bullpen should be no issue. Hunter Strickland and Mike Kickham have already been called up, and Brett Bochy has just been added, too. It is expected many more moves will be made today, and hence the Giants will have even more arms at their dispense for the rest of the series.
It is more likely that Affeldt will start due to his ability to face both lefties and righties. Also — with a runner on first, having a leftie, who are thought to be better at holding runners on, will help. Regardless, Bochy is playing his cards close to his chest.
UPDATE: Affeldt will indeed, as expected, start the rest of the suspended game. The amended lineup can be seen below. Josh Rutledge will pinch-hit for Tulo, which is pretty nice.
Angel Pagan CF
Hunter Pence RF
Buster Posey 1B
Matt Duffy 2B
Game one of the series
Tim Hudson will go onto the mound to take on Franklin Morales and the Rockies. Hudson was stellar in his last start, and will be looking to carry the same form into tonights game. He was incredible in the first half of the season, but struggled big time in the second half, well, until his also start.
Morales, like all of the Rockies’ rotation, has been disappointing this season. He owns an ERA over 5, and has a 7-9 record. Just like the rest of the series, the pitching matchup heavily favours the Giants. Things look good for the Giants to get a win.
Here is how the San Francisco Giants will line up:
Here is how the Colorado Rockies will line up:
As expected in September, roster moves are happening left right and center. While nothing is official as of yet, it seems likely that Brett Bochy — yes, the son of Bruce — and Brandon Hicks will both be called up to the 40-man-roster. It is also being whispered that the likes of Erik Cordier, Adam Duvall among others will soon be joining the big leagues.
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