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Game 4: Daniel Hudson vs. Juan Nicasio

Of Colorado's starting pitchers, Juan Nicasio has been the only one to impress so far. That he is even pitching at all of course is a miracle, but to see him pitch so well against Houston was an inspirational sight. Today, he'll be taking the mound at Coors field for the first time since his injury -- and I'll be there cheering him and the Rockies on. That just increased Colorado's chances of winning considerably. For instance, during the terrible year that was 2011 Colorado was 7-1 when I was in attendance -- and I have similar records in prior years.

The Diamondbacks are in town, and that means the Rockies will be facing Daniel Hudson.


Daniel Hudson

#41 / Pitcher / Arizona Diamondbacks

6-3

230

R

R

Mar 09, 1987


Hudson, who was acquired from the White Sox in 2009 in return for Edwin Jackson, was worth 2.6 rWAR last year on the mound, making himself a valuable pitching asset. In addition to that, Hudson was worth another 0.7 rWAR batting in 2011, hitting .277/.309/.369 with 14 RBI and winning the Silver Slugger for pitchers. Hudson's got a career 39.5% GB rate, so if the Rockies can turn a few more of those flyballs into extra base hits or homers they'll be set.

Meanwhile Juan Nicasio, in addition to being inspirational also happens to be a pretty good pitcher. Against Houston he went 7 innings, allowing 1 run on 5 hits with 4 punchouts. He was controlling his stuff well and throwing with easy velocity. I'm excited to see what he can do against a major league line-up tonight.


Juan Nicasio

#44 / Pitcher / Colorado Rockies

6-3

200

R

R

Aug 31, 1986


This has the look of a solid game and a fun series, weather permitting:


Current Series

3 game series vs Diamondbacks @ Coors Field

Arizona Diamondbacks
@ Colorado Rockies

Friday, Apr 13, 2012, 6:40 PM MDT
Coors Field

Daniel Hudson vs Juan Nicasio

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.

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Go Rockies!