After fighting tooth and nail for 161 games for a playoff berth and then for playoff eligibility, the Rockies will play their first and only meaningless game of the 2009 regular season today against the Dodgers. Both teams are locked into their seeds and playoff opponents, meaning that we are likely to see two get-away day line-ups as both teams just look to avoid injuries going into the playoffs.
To use a football analogy, it's like the Colts resting Peyton Manning and many of their starters in the last week of the season pretty much every year because they have nothing to play for. It's nice for both teams to have the luxury of this kind of game, but there's no denying that this game would have been chock full of drama had Colorado found a way to win last night.
Nonetheless, it's Rockies baseball and it's game 162, with the chance to avoid 70 losses for the first time ever, improving on what has already been the best regular season in franchise history.
Jason Marquis could be pitching for his spot in the playoff roster, while the Dodgers will throw out Vicente Padilla, acquired off of waivers in August from the Rangers.
#21 / Pitcher / Colorado Rockies
Aug 21, 1978
|2009 - Jason Marquis||15-12||37||32||2||1||0||0||212.0||210||100||93||15||78||112||3.95||1.36|
#44 / Pitcher / Los Angeles Dodgers
Sep 27, 1977
|2009 - Vicente Padilla||3-0||7||6||0||0||0||0||34.1||32||14||13||3||12||28||3.41||1.28|
10/04/09 2:10 PM MDT
|Colorado Rockies||Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Eric Young Jr. - 2B||Juan Pierre - LF|
|Dexter Fowler - CF||Orlando Hudson - 2B|
|Seth Smith - LF||Matt Kemp - CF|
|Jason Giambi - 1B||Andre Ethier - RF|
|Chris Iannetta - C||Casey Blake - 3B|
|Brad Hawpe - RF||Doug Mientkiewicz - 1B|
|Ian Stewart - 3B||Chin-Lung Hu - SS|
|Omar Quintanilla - SS||A.J. Ellis - C|
|Jason Marquis - P||Vicente Padilla - P|