April 24, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Colorado Rockies left fielder Carlos Gonzalez (5) rounds third base after hitting a two run home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Rockies Line-up, April 25 2012: Game One


The Rockies look to bounce back after a disappointing loss last night, Juan Nicasio gets the ball for Colorado in game one of today’s double header against the Pirates. Nicasio has struggled in his last two starts giving up a combined 10 runs over 9 innings, after pitching a 7 inning, one run gem in his 2012 debut. This will be the first time Nicasio will face the Pirates in his career. James McDonald will go for Pittsburgh, he comes in with a 0-1 record over three starts, but like most Pirates pitchers he has pitched well, but suffered from a lack of run support.

Troy Tulowitzki starts game one and comes in with the best history against McDonald with a .444 (4-9) average. Cargo is in left field after getting three of the Rockies six hits last night, as well as driving in all four runs. With this line-up Jim Tracy almost looks like he has figured out how to stagger resting players, rather than resting all the starters in one game.

Marco Scutaro 2B
Tyler Colvin CF
Carlos Gonzalez LF
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Jason Giambi 1B
Michael Cuddyer 1B
Wilin Rosario C
Chris Nelson 3B
Juan Nicasio P

Clint Barmes starts again at short stop coming of a three hit night including a home run. Another former Rockie, Michael McKenry will start behind the plate for the Pirates. None of the players in the Pirates line-up have faced Nicasio in the majors.

Alex Presley LF
Jose Tabata RF
Andrew McCutchen CF
Neil Walker 2B
Casey McGehee 1B
Pedro Alvarez 3B
Clint Barmes SS
Michael McKenry C
James McDonald P