It has been quite a while since the Rockies have acquired a pitcher that I've been as excited about as Brett Anderson. Part of that speaks to how few and far between these acquisitions occur, but a larger part of it is that Anderson could give the Rockies' rotation a huge boost.
The first step toward that potential success takes place today, when a Rockies split-squad takes on a Mariners split-squad in Peoria, Ariz., at 1:05 p.m. MT. Anderson won't have the best lineup behind him, but that obviously doesn't matter much; instead, the eyes (ears?) of Rockies fans will be fixated on Anderson's pitch arsenal and how he commands it. And, of course, if he can make it through a couple of innings without any red flags health-wise.
Jon Gray is among a group of seven other pitchers who could/should see action against the Mariners, who will send Blake Beavan to the mound to start the game.
Here are the lineups, which, for the Rockies, resembles a Sky Sox and/or typical Rockies-in-August group:
|COLORADO ROCKIES||SEATTLE MARINERS|
|Charlie Blackmon - RF||Abraham Almonte - CF|
|Brandon Barnes - CF||Nick Franklin - SS|
|Corey Dickerson - LF||Robinson Cano - 2B|
|Michael McKenry - C||Justin Smoak - 1B|
|Ben Paulsen - 1B||Corey Hart - DH|
|Kent Matthes - DH||Dustin Ackley - LF|
|Ryan Wheeler - 3B||Xavier Avery - RF|
|Charlie Culberson - 2B||Willie Bloomquist - 3B|
|Cristhian Adames - SS||Humberto Quintero - C|
|Brett Anderson - P||Blake Beavan - P|
The other half of the Rockies' spring training roster will appear at Salt River Fields against the Diamondbacks later tonight.