The undefeated Colorado Rockies will be looking to sweep the Milwaukee Brewers tonight on the road. Two crisply played ballgames have Rockies fans buzzing pleasantly, and a road sweep would sweeten the feeling considerably. To achieve that feat, the Rockies will be relying on young Eddie Butler in his fourth career start.
Butler's three start cameo in 2014 did not go well; bothered by shoulder pain and fatigue, he allowed a 6.75 ERA while striking out only three batters in 16 innings. He had an inconsistent spring training as well, ending with a 5.29 ERA and a scary bout of shoulder fatigue. Regardless, he got the job as the third starter for the Rockies, mostly by default.
But who cares? Butler is still a highly touted prospect, despite the rough recent outings. His fastball still has life and the Rockies brass still believes in him. With the Rockies 2-0, there's no time for negativity. Maybe his heavy sinker will induce 12 ground outs and he'll work seven scoreless innings, just like Kyle Kendrick.
The initial lineup (and the one listed below) had Wilin Rosario playing first base in place of Justin Morneau. Morneau took a throw to the neck last night that resulted in a nasty bruise and a scraped chin. But now the Twitter-verse is suggesting that Morneau talked himself into starting tonight. Good for the tough Canadian.
Regardless of Morneau's status, it's still awesome to have the Cargo-Tulo-Arenado-Dickerson combo in full action.
The Brewers are missing a big bat of their own, as Ryan Braun sits another day with a sore rib cage. Gerardo Parra is replacing him once again.
Opposing Butler is hard-throwing Wily Peralta. Peralta had a break out year in 2014, working 200 innings with a 3.53 ERA. He faced the Rockies twice last year and gave up seven earned runs in 13.2 innings.
|COLORADO ROCKIES||MILWAUKEE BREWERS|
|Charlie Blackmon - CF||Carlos Gomez - CF|
|Carlos Gonzalez - RF||Jonathan Lucroy - C|
|Troy Tulowitzki - SS||Adam Lind - 1B|
|Nolan Arenado - 3B||Aramis Ramirez - 3B|
|Corey Dickerson - LF||Khris Davis - LF|
|Wilin Rosario - 1B||Gerardo Parra - RF|
|Nick Hundley - C||Jean Segura - SS|
|DJ LeMahieu - 2B||Scooter Gennett - 2B|
|Eddie Butler - RHP||Wily Peralta - RHP|
First pitch is at 6:10 mountain time. Get your brooms ready, because it's a good night for a sweep.