The Rockies have something to prove to the Arizona Diamondbacks, against whom they were 5-13 in 2011. The D-backs would go on to surprise everyone and win the National League West, essentially filling the vacuum created by the underperforming Rockies and Giants. Arizona bolstered their starting rotation in the offseason, and their lineup really required no tinkering at all, featuring the likes of Justin Upton and Chris Young. They’re the team to beat in the division yet again this season, and if the Rox intend to make a statement regarding their intentions toward this team, this weekend is the time to start. Arizona is 5-1 to Colorado’s 2-4, and their opening series of 2012 will be played at Coors Field, where the Rockies should have the advantage. Of course, “should” is always a very uncertain word when applied to anything that the Rockies do.
Jim Tracy is playing his A lineup tonight, so at least we can be sure all the best bats will be present. Let’s hope they can do something against Arizona’s Daniel Hudson. Miracle pitcher Juan Nicasio takes the hill for the Rox, and all I can say is that they better get this man a win.
The D-backs are putting their best foot forward with tonight’s lineup as well. Justin Upton is the scariest man in the order; in 67 AB’s against Colorado last season, he hit .403 with 6 homers and 20 RBI.