The Colorado Rockies partake in a traditional (single-admission) doubleheader on Thursday afternoon following Tuesday's rainy cancellation of the night's game. At 8-2 (5-1 road) the Rockies have the best winning percentage in baseball (0.800) and the best road record. By the end of the day, a 10-2 record could be possible, something no one likely thought entering the season. So far, this is a Rockies team that can win on the road.
In the first game of the series, Greg Reynolds makes what will likely be his last start for the Rockies for some time. Reynolds was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs when Ubaldo Jimenez went on the disabled list with a cut on his right thumb cuticle shortly after his Opening Day start. He made a start on April 9 against the Pirates, running into early trouble but finishing his appearance with six innings pitched and two runs allowed. The Rockies won 6-4.
The Mets counter with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who is coming off a loss to the Washington Nationals on April 8. In that start, Dickey allowed three runs in five innings and issued five walks. Will he be able to fool the Rockies with his knuckleball this afternoon?
Here is the Rockies' lineup for the first game:
CF Dexter Fowler
RF Seth Smith
LF Carlos Gonzalez
SS Troy Tulowitzki
1B Jason Giambi
2B Jose Lopez
3B Ian Stewart
C Jose Morales
Expect changes in the lineup for game two (most likely at catcher and first base).
First pitch is scheduled for 10:10 a.m. MT, and the second game will follow almost immediately with Jorge De La Rosa and Chris Capuano taking the mound. MLB Network will air the first game, but there will be no coverage in Colorado for the second game.