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Game Preview: the Rockies will try to even the series against Arizona without CarGo

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This ten game home stand is absolutely critical, and the Rockies have made numerous roster changes reflecting that urgency

Dustin Bradford

Carlos Gonzalez tried playing through his busted finger, but sometimes toughness can only take you so far. Cargo his hit the DL for his swollen middle finger, and we won't see him for quite some time. If surgery is required...sighhhh.

On the bright side, this paves the way for every day at bats for one Corey Dickerson, destroyer of worlds. Anyone who has watched him this year has to be impressed with his plate approach; he uses all fields, hits for power, can hit a ball from shoestrings to eye level, and can even take a walk or two when he wants to. With Cargo's injury induced slump, I don't think there's any doubt that Dickerson is a better player right now. It'll be tough not seeing number 5 in the lineup, but Corey can sooth those feelings.

Today he's batting second in support of Jordan Lyles. Lyles, after his excellent first month of work, has struggled a bit with his command lately, including a four walk performance in Philly his last time out. Still, in his last 8 starts he has allowed two ER or fewer in seven of them, including a six inning one run affair in Arizona, his opponent today.

The Rockies failed to beat the D'Backs yesterday despite slugger Paul Goldschmidt getting the day off. No such luck today; last year's OPS leader is back in his customary 3-spot. Pitchers beware.

Throwing for the snakes is the tomahawking Josh Collmenter. Collmenter relies on his funky delivery to induce poor contact, as his .238 BABIP indicates. That's too low to be sustainable; hopefully the Rockies make it go up tonight.

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<tr><td class="td-last td-name">Didi Gregorius - SS</td><td class="td-first td-name">C. Blackmon - CF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Gerardo Parra - RF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Corey Dickerson - LF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">P. Goldschmidt - 1B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Troy Tulowitzki - SS</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Martin Prado - 3B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Michael Cuddyer - RF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Miguel Montero - C</td><td class="td-first td-name">Justin Morneau - 1B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Aaron Hill - 2B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Wilin Rosario - C</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">David Peralta - LF</td><td class="td-first td-name">C. Culberson - 3B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Ender Inciarte - CF</td><td class="td-first td-name">DJ LeMahieu - 2B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Josh Collmenter - RHP</td><td class="td-first td-name">Jordan Lyles - RHP</td></tr></tbody>
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Long live Dickerson.