Game #72: Rox at Jays pregame

Colorado (38-34) at Toronto (34-37)
at 7:07 p.m. ET at the Rogers Centre

Today’s lineups:

ROCKIES
Willy Tavarez, DH
Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Matt Holliday, LF
Todd Helton, 1B
Garrett Atkins, 3B
Brad Hawpe, RF
Ryan Spilborghs, CF
Jamey Carroll, 2B
Chris Iannetta, C

PITCHING: RHP Jason Hirsh

BLUE JAYS
Vernon Wells, CF
Gregg Zaun, C
Alex Rios, RF
Troy Glaus, 3B
Frank Thomas, DH
Matt Stairs, 1B
Aaron Hill, 2B
Adam Lind, LF
John McDonald, SS

PITCHING: RHP Josh Towers

NOTES: Wells, who is entered the game with no hits in his last 17 at-bats, was slotted in the leadoff spot for the first time this season. Rios, who leads the team with 15 homers and has been hitting first, was moved into the third hole for the first time. … RHP A.J. Burnett threw off the mound in a bullpen session prior to Friday’s game and manager John Gibbons said the pitcher is still on pace to start on Thursday in Minnesota. … LHP Gustavo Chacin had the day off from throwing on Friday, but said he’d resume playing catch on flat ground at a distance of 75-90 feet on Saturday. The pitcher estimated that he might be back on a mound by the middle of next week. … RHP John Thomson, released on Wednesday, was signed by the Royals and will move into their rotation. … Former Jay Cecil Fielder was at the ballpark for the latest installment of Flashback Fridays.

4 Comments

I really have a hard time understanding why we keep running Towers out there every 5 games.

Regardless of how good your offense is, you can’t keep giving up an average of a run per inning and win.

This guy has been a disaster-last year and this one-why do we keep him. Dump him like we’ve dumped Thomas and Okha-clear the decks and get somone ready for next year.

Why don’t we designate the 5th starter position as a try out position and keep running in different minor leaguers until we find one that works out.

It certainly can’t be any worse than we get from this guy who throws batting practise slop every 5 days.

Nice to see another comeback win. Nice to see a win actually. I agree with, well everyone pretty much except the blue jays office agrees that Towers should be let go. Not sure who should take his spot, see how Ty. T does tomorrow.

I agree with gsumner about Towers, because I don’t think he’s going to get better. A lot of his problems are in his head, and a fresh start may help him refocus. If our #5 starter is going to get blown out after 4 innings, we may as well let some of our minor leaguers get some innings, because they at least have the potential to improve.

It’s a shame Towers can’t recall what he had from the season of 13 wins. I feel a fresh start (i.e. send him down to triple-A) would be good for him, although it took two trips last year to give the impression he improved. When Chacin (and Burnett) is back, we’ve got our 5. Until then, give the rookies a shot.

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