Rockies(37-35) @ Athletics(31-40) Preview…
Sorry for this being later than I had hoped but I wasnt able to check into my hotel until 3pm, a half an hours ago here in San Francisco. So I got lunch and walked around to do a little sightseeing until check-in time. I’m on my way to Oakland Network Associates Coliseum in an hour or so to hopefully catch some BP and get some shots of our former left fielder Matt Holliday.
So Huston Street and Carlos Gonzalez get to return to face the team they were a part of last season in the Athletics and Matt Holliday gets to face his old team from last season in the Rockies. A family reunion of sorts you could say.
On paper the Rockies should win the series outright and sweep, but the last 2 losses might be of some concern. I personally dont think the Rox can lose this series eventhough the Rockies are 9-10 alltime against the A’s, but a pathetic 1-7 at Oakland Coliseum. The last time the Rockies played in Oakland was 2001, which means this weekend’s part of the rotation has never pitched in the stadium, with the excepton of maybe Jason Hammel, since he was in the American League his first three seasons. So the Rockies are long overdue to change the outcome of this weekend series to their favor. Matchup to watch will be Holliday vs Hammel. Hammel never having faced Holliday cant afford to make a mistake or Holliday could make him pay despite his .269 average and only having 8 homeruns. Baserunning is not a threat the Rockies will have to worry about from the A’s. Rajai Davis leads the team with 9 stolen bases but has only played in 45 games. Holliday is second on the team with 8. Jack Cust leads the team in homeruns with 13 and Giambi follows with 10.
If Tulo, Smith, Hawpe, Barmes, Stewart and Helton can stay hot, the Rockies should bounce back this series before heading to Los Angeles next week, but it’s gonna come down to pitching with Hammel and De La Rosa these first two games of the seried. I’m off to the ballpark in half an hour. Pics coming later.