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Postby wrveres » Fri Dec 03, 2010 6:45 am

The Rockies just traded for Jose Lopez, muddling the waters in their infield yet again.
Obviously Todd Helton will be at first when his back allows it, and Tulo will still be at SS when some of you become grandfathers. But what are we to make of Ian Stewart, Jose Lopez, Eric Young, Jonathan Herrera and Chris Nelson?

Both Stewart and Lopez can play third, and all 5 of them can play 2B ..
does Stewart or Young get bumped into the outfield platoon? or does Nelson and Young rot at AAA?

Is Herrera just a super utility ?

best guesses?!?
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Re: Best Guesses. Rockies Infield.

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Re: Best Guesses. Rockies Infield.

Postby Tavish » Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:17 am

I would expect Lopez to be the utility guy with Young / Herrera at 2B and Stewart at 3rd. Lopez will basically be playing the role of Barmes/Mora.
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Postby MasterX1918 » Fri Dec 03, 2010 1:51 pm

Lopez can't really hit nighties either so EYJ will probably see alot of starts against RHP.
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Re: Best Guesses. Rockies Infield.

Postby fast dogs » Fri Dec 03, 2010 2:17 pm

Lopez didn't play anywhere but 3rd last year for the M's; barring a huge spring I'd say he'll play 1 of the corners vs LHP on off days for the starters & pinch hit.
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Postby RugbyD » Fri Dec 03, 2010 2:57 pm

I would think they try to max his ABs at the 7 spot in the lineup unless his OBP continues to suck. Too much power in that bat to ignore.
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Postby buffalobillsrul2002 » Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:25 pm

fast dogs wrote:Lopez didn't play anywhere but 3rd last year for the M's; barring a huge spring I'd say he'll play 1 of the corners vs LHP on off days for the starters & pinch hit.


This is a good bet. Plus I'm sure Lopez will see some games at 2B over EYJ. Plus EYJ can play outfield, right? So with some OF injuries, you might see Lopez at 2B and EYJ in outfield.
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Re: Best Guesses. Rockies Infield.

Postby Element » Fri Dec 03, 2010 7:32 pm

buffalobillsrul2002 wrote:
fast dogs wrote:Lopez didn't play anywhere but 3rd last year for the M's; barring a huge spring I'd say he'll play 1 of the corners vs LHP on off days for the starters & pinch hit.


This is a good bet. Plus I'm sure Lopez will see some games at 2B over EYJ. Plus EYJ can play outfield, right? So with some OF injuries, you might see Lopez at 2B and EYJ in outfield.


This is what I am thinking as well. They went into the offseason looking for a platoon partner for Helton. Lopez does provide experience at other IF positions too, which helps with flexibility.
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Re: Best Guesses. Rockies Infield.

Postby Skin Blues » Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:06 pm

They really just need to let Helton go. The first baseman for the Rockies should not be dead last in the league in SLG/ISO by a landslide among 1Bs with 400 plate appearances. They could probably go dust off Larry Walker and get better numbers than that.
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Re: Best Guesses. Rockies Infield.

Postby DaSh 1s » Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:05 am

Thank god Jose Lopez is out of Safeco. Now we can see Jose Lopez absolutely rake in a hitters haven and "wipe the floor" with the other 2B players.
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