Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Line-ups and weather

Greetings from Coors Field, where an hour before first pitch the temperature is a balmy 35.1 degrees, according to WeatherBug.com's tracking station at the stadium. Provided a heat wave does not wrap its arms around the Denver area in the next 60 minutes, Game 3 of the NLDS will likely go down as the coldest game in postseason history. The previous record at first pitch was 38 degrees in Game 4 of the 1997 World Series, which featured Charlie Manuel's Cleveland Indians.

Line-ups and weather

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Greetings from Coors Field, where an hour before first pitch the temperature is a balmy 35.1 degrees, according to WeatherBug.com's tracking station at the stadium. Provided a heat wave does not wrap its arms around the Denver area in the next 60 minutes, Game 3 of the NLDS will likely go down as the coldest game in postseason history. The previous record at first pitch was 38 degrees in Game 4 of the 1997 World Series, which featured Charlie Manuel's Cleveland Indians.

Prior to the game, most players were wrapped up in several layers of clothing, although one notable exception was Shane Victorino, who took batting practice in a short-sleeve jersey and no undershirt. Those long, hard Hawaiian winters must have toughened him up. . .

There will be heaters in both dugouts. Prior to the game, ice could be seen crystalizing on some of the padding behind home plate. But I'm glad to report the temperature inside the press box is in the 60's.

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Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba will move up to fifth in tonight's lineup, the first time all season he will hit the fifth spot, as manager Jim Tracy adjusted the lineup.

Third baseman Garrett Atkins will hit sixth with outfielder Brad Hawpe out of the lineup. Ryan Spilborghs will play in place of Hawp, who went 0-for-3 against Cliff Lee in Game 1. Spilborghs was in the lineup for Game 2.

Tracy will keep Carlos Gonzalez in the top spot followed by Dexter Fowler after he flipped them for Game 2. Fowler led off Game 1, followed by Gonzalez.

So, the lineup looks like this:

Gonzalez-LF

Fowler-CF

Helton-1B

Tulowitzki-SS

Torrealba-C

Atkins-3B

Spilborghs-RF

Barmes-2B

Hammel-P

Also, the Rockies will do what the Phillies are doing and bring back Game 1 starter Ubaldo Jiminez for Game 4. He will again oppose Cliff Lee.

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The Phillies are using the same line-up they've used all series: SS Jimmy Rollins, CF Shane Victorino, 2B Chase Utley, 1B Ryan Howard, RF Jayson Werth, LF Raul Ibanez, 3B Pedro Feliz, C Carlos Ruiz, and LHP J.A. Happ. I asked Charlie Manuel before the game if he would consider moving Ibanez up to fifth, given his success both this playoff series and against RHP Jason Hammel. But Manuel said he wouldn't, thanks to tough lefty Franklin Morales lurking in the bullpen. 

With Ibanez hitting sixth, Chase Utley and Ryan Howard are two players to watch. Howard has hit well this series. Utley has not. Rollins and Victorino both have had success in their limited dealings with Hammel, so Utley and Howard could face some crucial RBI situations. 

 

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