The Arizona Diamondbacks are headed to Colorado, so that means grab your snow shovels and meet with your dealer to get a new batch of…. ehh, nevermind. I never thought I would be saying this but now is a really bad time to be playing the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies are 11-4 and winners of its’ last six games. Who would have thought? Colorado is coming off a really strange sweep of the New York Mets because the series consisted of two “snow outs”, a double-header, and all three games were played in front of about 49 people at Coors Field in frigid temperatures.
For the D’backs, they are coming off a nice win to wrap up an otherwise disappointing series in New York. Ian Kennedy, who caught an earlier flight to Denver today will pitch Friday for Arizona. IPK has an ERA under 3 in 12 career starts against the Rox. Jhoulys Chacin will go for Colorado. The Rockies’ “ace” has held Arizona batters to a career .211 batting average. I use the term “ace” fairly loosely, but Chacin has been a stud as of late. The D’backs took 10 of 18 games last year against Colordao, but in all honesty, I think the Rockies are better this year. I have been on record saying that Colorado won’t be a playoff team- I still believe that, but they are pretty hot to start the season. I’m not really sure what it is but players just seem to be buying into the Rockies this year and their record shows it.
Friday will mark the first game in four years between the Diamondbacks and Rockies at Coors Field that I have not attended. It’s hard to see my streak come to an end, but it was bound to happen at some point. Temperatures will likely be cold again this weekend so that could limit the runs scored at Coors Field but at that stadium, you never really know. First pitch tomorrow is 6:40 in Colorado. Brrrrrr!
One more observation from tonight’s game in NY: When Francisco Cervelli hit that home run that the Diamondbacks fan caught in the first row, the fan should have leaned over to interfere with it because it would have been a double as opposed to a HR. He would have been kicked out but it would have been in the bottom of the 9th inning so he wouldn’t have missed that much of the game. Just a thought. I guess it’s hard to think on your feet when a home run ball is coming at you. It was weird because the guy pointed to his D’backs shirt after he caught it. I’m sure J.J. Putz would have appreciated the gesture.
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