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Preview, #54: 5/27 @ Rockies

Can the offense keep rolling into Coors?

Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images

Today's Lineups

Jarrod Dyson - LF Raimel Tapia - LF
Ildemaro Vargas - 2B David Dahl - RF
Ketel Marte - CF Nolan Arenado - 3B
Eduardo Escobar - 3B Daniel Murphy - 1B
Christian Walker - 1B Ryan McMahon - 2B
Blake Swihart - RF Brendan Rodgers - SS
Nick Ahmed - SS Tony Wolters - C
Alex Avila - C Yonathan Daza - CF
Zack Greinke - RHP Jon Gray - RHP

You’d be forgiven if your attention is not entirely on the game today, with a fraction of your thoughts perhaps drifting to Phoenix. For there, Luke Weaver will be undergoing an MRI today, after being lifted from yesterday’s game in San Francisco with the dreaded “forearm tightness.” If you didn’t know, that’s a symptom which has the potential to be a precursor of Tommy John surgery, though of course it’s certainly not always the case. The team, and eventually us, will know more when the MRI results are in. Hopefully it ends up being more like Zack Greinke’s issue. I do not want to hear the word “second opinion” at any point in the next few days.

Meanwhile, the team hits Colorado, having swept their way past the Giants. I guess we’d have taken a 3-3 split after the first six games on this road-trip, but it certainly would be nice to take the series here, and have a winning tour. The offense has been rolling, having put up 34 runs over the three games in San Francisco, the most posted by the team since 2002, and the +26 run differential was the best in close to a decade. So you know what to look for in the hitters’ paradise which is Coors, here are the current records for runs scored and run differential for any four through seven game periods in franchise history.

  • 4 games: 44 runs scored, +31 differential
  • 5 games: 52 runs scored, +35 differential
  • 6 games: 60 runs scored, +39 differential
  • 7 games: 68 runs scored, +40 differential

So, basically, they’re looking at needing to average nine runs per game here. Tough, but not impossible. The team did make a roster move, though of course it’s on the pitching side, with Weaver hitting the DL. Jimmie Sherfy’s stay in Reno is a short one. Optioned there four days ago, he’s back on the roster again. They will presumably need to make a further move to give the team a starter on Friday, but there’s no word yet who that might be. See the round table discussion for thoughts on some possible internal options for the spot.