Rockies vs. Angels Spring Training Preview: Juan Nicasio looks to continue shutout streak

Lisa Blumenfeld

Arguably the most impressive pitcher for the Rockies so far this spring has been Juan Nicasio, who has yet to allow a run in seven innings pitched.

Entering the spring, Juan Nicasio was clearly in Colorado's starting rotation - but he was also clearly the fifth man on the totem pole. Thus far in spring though, Nicasio has been arguably the most impressive pitcher of them, throwing seven innings of scoreless baseball, striking out seven and allowing only three base-runners in his two spring starts.

Given the injury to Jhoulys Chacin that will keep him on the DL to begin the season, Nicasio's pretty clearly at least number four in the rotation heading into the season. We just hope that he can improve off of his 5.14 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 0.2 rWAR campaign from last year. The results so far have been encouraging, but it's Spring Training. We can only hope that this level of performance (and health) carries over into the regular season.

Lineups

Angels

Rockies fans will get to see both Mike Trout and Albert Pujols in action today, as well as former Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta (who was behind the plate when Nicasio had his traumatic injury) and three time All-Star pitcher Jered Weaver.

Rockies

The Rockies will field a major league lineup today, with only Paul Janish unlikely to make the team out of camp. Interestingly, Josh Rutledge will be manning shortstop in Troy Tulowitzki's absence instead of Janish the defensive wizard. Rule 5 draftee Tommy Kahnle and Adam Ottavino highlight the other pitchers who could be in action today.

Game thread will be up at 2 PM MDT.

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