Rockies Line-up, April 6 2012 (Opening Day Edition)


Today marks the start of the 20th season of Colorado Rockies baseball. Jeremy Guthrie will make his Colorado Rockies debut, drawing his 4th career opening day start. Guthrie holds a 2-1 record on opening day, starting for the Orioles in 2008, 2009 and 2011. The last time a starting pitcher made their Rockies debut as the opening day starter was Shawn Estes in 2004, and 2005 was the last time an opening day starter was not a homegrown pitcher when Joe Kennedy got the start. This is not including the Jeff Francis opening day rain-out in 2008, which led to Kip Wells starting the official opener.

Also making their Rockies debut today are second baseman Marco Scutaro, outfielder Michael Cuddyer and catcher Ramon Hernandez. Scutaro will be in the lead-off spot, where he started 144 games for the Blue Jays in 2009 in one of his most productive seasons. Chris Nelson gets the start at third base for the Rockies making the opening day roster for the first time in his career.

Todd Helton enters his 16th season with the Rockies and makes his 15th consecutive opening day start for the club. He and Andres Galarraga are the only players to start opening day at first base in the 20 year history of the team.

The full lineup is as follows

Marco Scutaro 2B
Dexter Fowler CF
Carlos Gonzalez LF
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Todd Helton 1B
Michael Cuddyer RF
Ramon Hernandez C
Chris Nelson 3B
Jeremy Guthrie P

and for the Astros

Jordan Schafer CF
Jose Altuve 2B
J.D. Martinez LF
Carlos Lee 1B
Brian Bogusevic RF
Chris Johnson 3B
Jason Castro C
Marwin Gonzalez SS
Wandy Rodriguez P