Rockies Line-up: May 8 2012: Alex White’s 2012 Debut


Alex White will make his 2012 Major League debut for a Rockies team that has lost four games in a row, and is dead last in the National League with nine quality starts while averaging 5.3 innings per game from their rotation. White struggled through a finger issue in September of 2011 in which he went 2-4 with a 8.42 ERA and allowed 12 home runs over 36 1/3 innings. He has shown vast improvement so far in 2012, with a 2.92 ERA over five starts with Colorado Springs and not allowing a home run over 24 2/3 innings in the homer happy PCL. White did start against the Padres once last season, getting a win with 4 runs allowed over 5 innings in a 5-4 Rockies victory at Petco Park. Jeff Suppan will get his second start of 2012 for the Padres, Suppan is back in the majors after spending all of 2011 in the minors, and is coming off pitching 5 shutout innings against the Brewers and earning his first MLB win since beating the Rockies on October 3rd, 2010.

Jordan Pacheco gets his second straight start at 3B and bats second, Tyler Colvin starts in place of Dexter Fowler, Colvin is 4-8 with a double and home run in his career against Suppan. Todd Helton has two career home runs against Suppan and brings a .241 (7-29) average against the 37 year old right-hander. Full line-up as follows:

Marco Scutaro 2B
Jordan Pacheco 3B
Carlos Gonzalez LF
Troy Tulowitzki SS
Todd Helton 1B
Michael Cuddyer RF
Ramon Hernandez C
Tyler Colvin CF
Alex White P

Jason Bartlett, Will Venable and Orlando Hudson faced White last season, Bartlett is 0-2, Hudson is 0-3 and Venable is 2-3 with a double and a home run. Nick Hundley gets the night off tonight with back-up catcher John Baker getting his seventh start of 2012. Full Pads Line-up below:

Will Venable RF
Cameron Maybin CF
Chase Headley 3B
Yonder Alonso 1B
Mark Kotsay LF
Orlando Hudson 2B
John Baker C
Jason Bartlett SS
Jeff Suppan P