Firmly ensconced in the cellar yet again, the Colorado Rockies are running-out AAA lineups, swapping guys in and out like the Beer League, and heading for vacation. Juan Nicasio (8-9, 5.32), as bad as you can be in his last two starts, gets the call against Zach Greinke (15-3, 2.67) of the Los Angeles Dodgers tonight at 7:10 MDT at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
Nicasio has failed to get out of the 3rd inning in either of his last two “outings.” He’s seen his ERA balloon by almost a run (0.84) in 2 short weeks. On Sunday Arizona strafed him for 7 runs on 7 hits in
2-1/3. Ah, but remember September 11: he held the Giants to one over 5. Greinke, meanwhile toils for the division champ. The Dodgers are determined to finish strong, probably wishing their opponent was showing a little more pulse, although their fans got to enjoy a spirited offensive display in last night’s punitive shut-out. Greinke held the Padres scoreless on 2 hits for 5 innings Sunday in San Diego.
The Skysox are playing front-men and outfielders in the Colorado lineup tonight. Charlie Blackmon leads-off in right, Charlie Culberson’s 2nd in left, and Corey Dickerson will hit 3rd in center. Jordan Pacheco catches and Jonny Herrera’s at 2nd. Don Mattingly’s got Skip Schumaker leading-off in right-field with the incomparable Yasiel Puig taking a night-off. Scott Van Slyke hits 8th in left as Carl Crawford joins the ailing Andre Ethier and Puig on the bench.
LA weather’s got clear skies and temperatures in the upper 70°s when game time rolls around. The wind will blow-out toward center at 8 MPH and humidity is low at 21%. It’s Drew, Jeff, Jenny and the Cowboy on TV and Jerry and Jack on radio, yakking it up to the finish. Todd Helton. Todd Helton. Todd Helton.
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