What would you say we try this in 2014: Chacin 21-5, De La Rosa 20-9, Chatwood 20-9, Nicasio 20-8? With the Colorado Rockies making the first visit to Baltimore, Maryland that I can recall, memories of 1971 Orioles Dave McNally, Jim Palmer, Mike Cuellar and Pat Dobson, who posted those numbers for legendary manager Earl Weaver come to mind. Frank Robinson, Boog Powell, Paul Blair, Brooks Robinson, Elrod Hendricks, Mark Belanger, Davey Johnson… the roster of Baltimore greats from a time when MLB in the Rockies was still 30 years in the future goes on and on. The Rockies take on the successors to that great tradition in the second game of a 3-game weekend series tonight at Camden Yards at 5:05 pm MDT, down there just off-of Cal Ripken Way.
After listing perilously and nearly capsizing, the Rockies have pieced-together a 6 out of 7 stretch on the heels of their last 1-9 venture east of Blake Street. They beat the Orioles Friday behind long fly balls off the bats of Wilin Rosario, Charlie Culberson, Charlie Blackmon and Todd Helton, 6-3 on a night Juan Nicasio (7-6, 4.94) lasted 6 innings, surrendering 2 of the Baltimore runs. Rosario’s blast was the difference maker, coming with the score tied 2-2 and Big Money Michael Cuddyer aboard. Josh Outman, Matt Belisle and closer Rex Brothers backed-up Nicasio, with only Brothers, who’s scheduled to step-aside with Rafael Betancourt coming off the Disabled List tonight, allowing a run, a solo shot by Orioles catcher Matt Wieters.
Chad Bettis (0-1, 5.06) makes his 4th major league start for Colorado tonight, taking-on the Rockies good-buddy Bud Norris (8-10, 3.53). Norris, one of many opponents Colorado’s made look like Cy Young, is 2-1 since arriving in a deal with the Houston Astros at the trading deadline. He lost to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, when he came-on in the 14th of Baltimore’s 5-4 defeat. Bettis, undergoing trial by fire, has improved as he’s gone-along. He went 6 innings, throwing only 80 pitches, in the Rockies 3-2 win over Pittsburgh last Sunday.
Big Money Mike will be doing the DH’ing for Walt Weiss tonight, with the two Charlies flanking Dexter Fowler in the Colorado outfield. Helton will play 1st base and Rosario will catch. Buck Showalter’s going with the same lineup as Friday, save Ryan Flaherty at DH in place of Henry Urrutia.
Baltimore weather will feature partly-cloudy skies and temperatures in the high 70°s. Relative humidity will be pushing-up toward 50%, and the wind will blow-out toward left at 9 MPH. ROoT’s got the TV, but radio’s over on KHOW 630 am tonight, as KOA’s pre-Broncos coverage began early Tuesday for the big match-up in Seattle.
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