This is a picture of the Coors Field scoreboard after a game last September. As is the case throughout baseball there have been a lot of changes to the rosters of these two teams since. Aramis Ramirez has retired, Justin Morneau is out of work, Corey Dickerson has been traded to Tampa Bay and catcher Tom Murphy is back with the Rockies AAA affiliate.
The names change but the point remains the same. Consider any warm body for games in Colorado, beyond the usual suspects. You have to actually attend a game there to see how the ball carries as though someone injected helium.
The humidor cannot fully stop it. You can build a wall and build that wall ten feet higher. All it does is turn Trevor Story home runs into triples (or thrown out at third thanks to an equally altitude-aided throw). It will not change much at 5,280 feet.
A wall will not stop Coors Field, only a Gamow bag constructed by taxpayers large enough to cover the stadium, and that would take the fun out of seeing Rockies pitchers get hammered all season.
Here is my lineup for 4/25/2016, subject to change as I check for scrubs who end up with a start in Pirates v. Rockies, where the over/under stands at 12. Projected totals per Fangraphs.
- Pitcher – Danny Salazar (CLE @ MIN) $9,200 (43.47) – Noah Syndergaard at $11,400 is projected at 46.66 and carries a higher win probability. That said, Tanner Roark struck out 15 Twins in seven innings over the weekend. Tanner Roark! (not to be confused with Kerry Wood). Even by sacrificing the win for four K’s you come out even and the Twins still have MLB’s second worst record.
- Catcher – Victor Martinez (DET v. OAK) $2,600 (9.69) – Vic usually serves as my default choice as long as penciled in at DH.
- First Base – Justin Smoak (TOR v. CHW) $2,300 (9.51) – After he reached the majors after seven years of independent ball and hit .321 last year, Chris Colabello was suspended 80 games by MLB and banned from 2016 postseason play. Colabello has no idea how an illegal drug got into his system and began the year in a 2-29 slump as he dealt with the emotional stress of the appeal process. You connect the dots. For the time being, roll with Smoak as long as Toronto plays him.
- Second Base – Josh Harrison (PIT @ COL) $3,900 (11.29) – Harrison carries a .329 average thus far on the season and also has four stolen bases.
- Third Base – David Freese (PIT @ COL) $3,200 (11.97) – Not a Freese fan but for that price and 12 projected points sign me up.
- Shortstop – Jedd Gyorko (STL @ ARI) $2,300 (7.89) – Punt play. Faces Zack Greinke but Jedd got six hits in two games over the weekend.
- Outfield – Ezequiel Carrera (TOR v. CHW) $3,100 (9.72) Averaged 20 points in three games over the weekend going 7-14 at the top of Toronto’s batting order.
- Outfield – Andrew McCutcheon (PIT @ COL) $4,900 (15.12) – Elite talent at under $5,000 at Coors.
- Outfield – Sean Rodriguez (PIT @ COL) $3,500 (10.14) – Averaged 22 points over the weekend going 5-14 at the plate.
PROJECTED POINT TOTAL: 128.80
Others to consider:
- Carlos Gonzalez (COL v. PIT) – OF $,4000 (facing left-hander).
- Starling Marte (PIT @ COL) – OF $4,600
- Jody Mercer (PIT @ COL) – SS $3,600
- Curtis Granderson (NYM v. CIN) – OF $3,800
- Angel Pagan (SF v. SD) – OF – $2,800 (Use Pagan/Granderson v. Carrera/Rodriguez)