Wade Miley quietly compiled a 24-21/3.69 resume in three-plus minor-league seasons. He allowed 424 hits in his 421 1/3 innings, yet made the Arizona Diamondbacks roster back in April as a reliever. Six months later Miley is contending for the 2012 Nation League Rookie of the Year honor with marks of 15-10/3.10. Drew Pomeranz (1-9, 5.06) came out of Ol’ Miss as the next hot thing in 2011, appeared in 18 games between Kinston and Akron for the Cleveland organization, then became the centerpiece of the Colorado Rockies’ big trade that sent Ubaldo Jimenez to the Tribe last July. He sat inactive for a month accruing sufficient service time to legitimize the trade, had his appendix removed, then went
2-1/5.40 in four starts for Colorado last September. Pomeranz started 2012 with Colorado Springs, moved-up to Denver and made several nondescript starts in April and May for the Rockies, but was demoted to the Sky Sox for a delivery make-over. He returned to the big leagues at the All-Star Break, debuted with a stellar performance versus San Diego, breaking 9 bats in 6 innings, then settled into a mediocrity that currently includes eight starts of 4 or fewer innings in his last nine. The remade delivery leaves him unable to hold runners aboard and causes him to land out of fielding position as he struggles to establish himself in the big leagues. The two left-handers face-off this evening in the first of seven remaining games between the Rockies and Diamondbacks to close-out 2012. Game time is 6:10 at Coors Field in Lower Downtown.
Neither Tyler Colvin nor Carlos Gonzalez are in MFL Jim Tracy’s lineup for Colorado tonight. Jordan Pacheco is hitting 3rd at 1st-base, Andrew Brown is in left hitting 6th, Matt McBride is 7th in right. Josh Rutledge is once again at 2nd base with Jonny Herrera at short.
It’ll be a beautiful autumn evening at the old ball park as the Rockies begin their final 7-game homestand, the Year of the Fan winding down in desultory fashion. The Rockies are on a six-game losing streak and have lost 13 of their last 15. Temperatures will be in the lower 70’s under clear skies, with 23% relative humidity and wind blowing in from right-field at 5 mph. For those appreciated fans still watching, ROOT Sports will have the telecast, and radio listeners can tune in the game on KOA 850 am.
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