Jon Gray takes the mound for the Rockies on Opening Day to start his second full big league season against a Brewers lineup that is an interesting mix of familiar names and new ones. Gray did face the Brewers in Milwaukee last season, allowing two runs on four hits in six innings, with three walks and 10 strikeouts.
Milwaukee's two most notable returning players, Jonathan Villar and Ryan Braun, bat first and third in the lineup today for Craig Counsell and between them is Eric Thames, who will play his first big league game since 2012 after putting up big numbers in Korea the last three seasons. Outfielders Domingo Santana and Keon Broxton bat fifth and sixth behind third baseman Travis Shaw and the Brewers round out the lineup with catcher Jett Bandy, rookie shortstop Orlando Arcia and pitcher Junior Guerra.
Like Gray, Guerra is entering his second full big league season with the Brewers, though he is nearly seven years older than the Rockies' hurler. He has never faced the Rockies in his career.
In his first game as Rockies manager, Bud Black will send out a lineup that should look awfully familiar to fans. Charlie Blackmon and DJ LeMahieu are at the top of the order, with Carlos Gonzalez batting third and Nolan Arenado hitting cleanup. Trevor Story returns after missing the last two months of 2016 with a thumb injury and bats fifth, with Gerardo Parra, Mark Reynolds and Tony Wolters rounding out the lineup ahead of Gray, who bats ninth.
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