Weiss fine with mixing and matching outfielders
DENVER -- The Rockies matched their season-high production of 12 runs Friday night without Michael Cuddyer in the lineup, but don't expect the 2013 batting champ to be "Wally Pipped" any time soon.
Drew Stubbs took Cuddyer's two-hole slot in the Rockies lineup, playing center as Charlie Blackmon slid over and took Cuddyer's spot in right field. Stubbs went 3-for-5 with three runs, and Blackmon was 3-for-5 with two runs.
"We had a good night last night," manager Walt Weiss said of the 18-hit assault. "I'm not real smart, but I'll stick with the same lineup when we win 12-1."
In addition to Stubbs, Blackmon, and Cuddyer, the Rockies have Carlos Gonzalez, Brandon Barnes, and Corey Dickerson available in the outfield.
"I'll move it around," Weiss said of his outfield rotation. "Dickerson and Barnes are hopefully going to get starts, maybe in center or left, or right. Dicky doesn't play right, but he plays left or center. Barnes can play all three.
"I have a good feeling about who they are and what they bring. All those guys can help us win games."
Colorado entered the day tied with the Angels for the most runs in the Majors, with 94. They're the only team with five players having scored 10 or more runs, with Troy Tulowitzki (13), Gonzalez (12), Blackmon (11), Cuddyer (11) and DJ LeMahieu (10) pacing the club.
Their offensive surge starts from the one-and-two spots in the lineup, with the top of the order hitting a best-in-baseball .360 (54-for-150) with 19 RBIs and 29 runs scored. Blackmon laid claim to the leadoff spot by setting a .426 (26-for-61) clip through the club's first 18 games, and any outfielder wielding a hot hand has a chance to earn more playing time.
"I'll play the matchups -- that's got to be part of it when you've got this many outfielders," Weiss said. "But when guys perform well and are swinging the bat well, they're going to get opportunities. Those guys are going to get opportunities at some point this year. They're going to get hot."