Moscoso makes his Rockie debut tonight. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-US PRESSWIRE

Rockies Lineup, April 28 2012: Moscoso Fills In


After a game like last night’s 18-9 fiasco, those who still think Coors Field is the high scoring circus that it was in the 1990s point to the box score and go: “See! See! Coors Field is so crazy!” Even though it’s not. One game does not constitute the absolute truth about how the park now plays. It’s not like somebody looks at a low scoring game at Coors and says, “See, the humidor effectively made it a pitcher’s park!”

Whatever the accurate or inaccurate perceptions of those who selectively notice the Rockies, their home stadium is still a nice place to hit. The Oakland Coliseum is a nice place to pitch. How disparate those two settings are might be on full display tonight as Guillermo Moscoso makes his Rockies debut.

Also, as I mentioned last night, the New York Mets most likely will not be excited about how last night’s slugfest unfolded. The Rockies strutted, Terry Collins felt they got slighted by the umps, and they will surely want a bit of revenge. And they did score 9 runs, which is a not a bad output on an average night. Moscoso needs to be sharp.

Here is the Rockies lineup, with Dexter Fowler 8th and Jonathan Herrera 2nd once again:

Marco Scutaro 2B
Jonathan Herrera F
Carlos Gonzalez LF
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Todd Helton 1B
Michael Cuddyer RF
Wilin Rosario C
Dexter Fowler CF
Guillermo Moscoso P

The Mets counter with the following batting order, which includes Ike Davis, who sat last night, and starting pitcher Dillon Gee, who has struggled so far in 2012, with a 1-2 record and 5.21 ERA. Thankfully Scott Hairston can still only hit once every 9 batters:

Kirk Nieuwenhuis CF
Ruben Tejada SS
Daniel Murphy 2B
David Wright 3B
Lucas Duda RF
Scott Hairston LF
Ike Davis 1B
Josh Thole C
Dillon Gee P

Here’s hoping the offense continues and that it includes fewer baserunning errors, because they can hardly expect the Mets to bail them out with 6 errors again. On the surface, a match-up between a recently recalled Moscoso and Gee calls for another offensive shootout. If only things were that predictable…

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