Series preview: Rockies at Indians (May 30-June 1)

Triple Crown threat Troy Tuilowitzki - Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Indians begin this homestand with yet another interleague opponent, the Colorado Rockies.

After a much needed day off to recover from the sweep in Chicago, the Tribe start a six game homestand with a visit from the Rockies.

  • Friday's game is at 7:05 PM (Nicasio vs. Kluber)
  • Saturday's game is at 3:05 PM (Morales vs. Bauer)
  • Sunday's is at 1:05 PM (Chacin vs. Tomlin) [MLB.tv free game of the day]

The Red Sox will conclude the homestand early next week before the Indians head out for a three city trek, Texas, Kansas City and Boston.

Division Watch: Tigers at Mariners, Twins at Yankees, Padres at White Sox, Royals at Blue Jays.

Team in a Box

Colorado Rockies

Offense

NL Rank

Pitching

NL Rank

2014 Record

28-25

Runs/Game

5.0

1st

Runs/Game

4.4

14th

NL West

2nd

OBP

339

1st

H/9

8.6

8th

Last 10

4-6

SLG

471

1st

BB/9

3.2

13th

Last 30

16-14

Steals

30

6th

SO/9

6.6

15th

Up until two weeks ago, the Rockies were hanging with NL West leaders. But now they find themselves 6.5 games back of the division leading Giants after losing four of six from the Braves and Phillies on this current east coast trip. Their offense has been fantastic this year, leading the league in multiple categories. The only major batting category where they are bottom five is in triples.

But the pitching staff has been this teams downfall again. They only have one starter with a FIP less than 4.00. The bullpen is pretty good with the exception of some guys no longer on the 25. Unlike your Indians, their defense has been pretty good, fourth in fewest errors, third in fielding percentage and first in double plays turned.

Projected Roster

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OPS

C

Wilin Rosario

R

131

228

666

1B

Justin Morneau

L

202

312

916

2B

DJ LeMahieu

R

177

269

657

3B

Charlie Culberson

R

67

194

521

SS

Troy Tulowitzki

R

208

369

1174

LF

Carlos Gonzalez

L

198

262

767

CF

Charlie Blackmon

L

208

314

867

RF

Michael Cuddyer

R

105

326

918

DH

Drew Stubbs

R

111

330

863

OF

Brandon Barnes

R

110

303

743

OF

Corey Dickerson

L

84

351

1053

C

Jordan Pacheco

R

76

243

647

IF

Josh Rutledge

R

36

258

794

Tulowitzki has been video game good this year. He has a ridiculous 4.7 WAR already and is leading the NL in average, on base and slugging percentages. Morneau has revived his career in the Rocky Mountains as has Cuddyer. Even LGFT Stubbs has played well. Gonzalez hasn't hit his stride yet and is nursing a bruised right calf right now. Nolan Arenado was off to a very good start as well, but was recently DL'ed with a broken left middle finger. The only weak spots in the lineup appear to be LeMahieu and Arenado's replacement, Culberson.

Projected Staff

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

Jhoulys Chacin

R

5.20

27.2

1.482

5.2

Jorge De La Rosa

L

3.66

59.0

1.169

7.3

Jordan Lyles

R

3.46

65.0

1.262

6.4

Franklin Morales

L

5.65

57.1

1.552

6.3

Juan Nicasio

R

3.61

57.1

1.273

5.8

LaTroy Hawkins

R

3.79

19.0

1.421

3.8

Adam Ottavino

R

1.52

23.2

0.761

8.7

Rex Brothers

L

3.47

23.1

1.371

8.1

Tommy Kahnle

R

2.30

27.1

1.061

6.6

Matt Belisle

R

3.86

21.0

1.238

5.6

Nick Masset

R

4.22

10.2

1.406

8.4

Boone Logan

L

5.79

14.0

1.500

13.5

We catch only only one lefty, and luckily it is Morales who has not pitched well at all, with a FIP of 5.56. In his last six starts he has given up 25 earned runs (none fewer than 3) in 31.2 innings. He has 10.1 career innings (7 appearances) against the Indians, all with the Red Sox and just one start. Chacin was activated earlier this month and is still trying to find himself. He made one start against the Indians back in 2011 which was excelllent. Nicasio pitched six shutout innings against the Braves in his last start. He also made on start against the Indians in 2011, but was hit hard.

The Rockies employ a most unusual closer in 41 year old Hawkins who does not strike hardly anyone out. Tribe fans should be very familiar with him from his nine years spent with the Twins at the start of his career. They employ two lefties, one who has pitched well, Brothers, and one who hasn't, Logan. Logan started his career with the White Sox and spent his last four years with the Yankees. Ottavino looks to be the best setup guy.

On the Shelf

  • SP Brett Anderson [60 day DL], no timetable for return
  • 3B Nolan Arenado [15 day DL], no timetable for return
  • SP Tyler Chatwood [60 day DL], possible late July return
  • LF Carlos Gonzalez (day to day), pinch hit in Wednesday's game

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2014

-

-

-

-

-

-

2013

-

-

-

-

-

-

Last 5*

1

2

333

14

15

468

Last 10*

6

6

500

58

60

484

All-Time

8

10

444

80

90

446

*Does not include 2014 stats

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