Rockies At Dodgers, April 30th: Game Time, Lineups, And Preview


Rockies at Dodgers. 8:10 P.M. MST

The Colorado Rockies come off their 12-2 barrage of the Dodgers last night hoping to build some momentum to close out this west coast road trip. Tonight they will hope that having Jorge De La Rosa on the mound and riding the buzz of Nolan Arenado‘s recent promotion will be enough to overcome another contest without Troy Tulowitzki, still out with a sore shoulder. Here is Walt Weiss‘s lineup:

Arenado. Image: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dexter Fowler CF
Josh Rutledge 2B
Carlos Gonzalez LF
Michael Cuddyer RF
Jordan Pacheco 1B
Nolan Arenado 3B
Yorvit Torrealba C
Jonathan Herrera SS
Jorge De La Rosa P

With De La Rosa comes Torrealba at catcher, which means the Rockies will also be without Wilin Rosario‘s hot bat. They overcame their soft-tossing left-handed nemesis last night when they beat Ted Lilly (who is still evil, by the way. One game doesn’t change that).  Tonight  this less potent lineup faces an unfamiliar soft-tossing lefty, Korean import Hyun-Jin Ryu. So far this season Ryu is 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA and 34 K’s to just 8 walks.

Don Mattingly counters with the following lineup for the Dodgers:

Jerry Hairston LF
Nick Punto 2B
Matt Kemp CF
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Hanley Ramirez SS
Andre Ethier RF
A.J. Ellis C
Juan Uribe 3B
Hyun-Jin Ryu P

This is Ramirez’s first start of the season, as just yesterday he was activated from the disabled list (thumb surgery). It is immediately apparent how much deeper he makes the Dodgers’ lineup, with Ethier 6th and Ellis 7th. Juan Uribe will never go away, ever. He is the position player equivalent of Octavio Dotel. Both will still be on a Major League roster 10 years from now. I’m sure of it.