Breaking Even

It almost seems wrong, unjust, with memories of Friday, Saturday and Monday fresh in mind, but should the Colorado Rockies defeat the Chicago Cubs in the finale of their 3-game series tonight at 6:05 pm MDT at Wrigley Field in Chicago, they’ll finish their 6-game trip to the midwest even-Steven at 3 wins/3 losses. The composite score of those 3 losses was 15-1.  Ironically, the composite score of the 2 wins was 17-6, and 5 of those runs-against were garbage-time runs.  So why does it feel like the Rockies need a win to limp home bloodied but not beaten?

Guess it was those one, two and three-hitters.

Jon Garland (3-3, 4.83) will take the mound on the opposite side of the city that hosted his career-years of 2005 and 2006, when he won 36 games and a World Series ring with the Chicago White Sox.  Garland was the loser on Friday when Shelby Miller of the Cardinals got the other-worldly experience of being both as close-to and far-away as you can possibly be from pitching a perfect game.  Garland allowed St Louis 3 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks in 5 innings.  He struck-out 5.  He will face Cubs righty Jeff Samardzija (1-5, 3.70). Samardzija has surrendered only 20 earned runs over his eight 2013 starts, but hasn’t won since Opening Day. He lost to the Nationals on Friday, giving-up 5 runs on 8 hits in 5 innings.  Samardzija also struck-out 5.

Yorvit Torrealba will be catching Garland tonight, a development sure to send ProgMatinee reeling into the Starry Starry Night.  Torrealba will slide into the 8-hole, with Todd Helton, Nolan Arenado, and Josh Rutledge each moving up a spot.  Left-handed hitters Nate Schierholtz, Luis Valbuena and switch-hitter Dioner Navarro are in the 5-6-7 slots for Chicago against the right-handed Garland.

The wind has done a 180 overnight in Chicago and will blow directly in at around 6 MPH.  Skies will be partly cloudy with temperatures falling from the mid-70°s to high-60°s.  TV’s on RoOT, radio KOA.

COLORADO (21-18)
Eric Young (S) RF
Dexter Fowler (S) CF
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Todd Helton (L) 1B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Josh Rutledge (R) 2B
Yorvit Torrealba (R) C
Jon Garland (R) P
CHICAGO (16-23)
David DeJesus (L) CF
Starlin Castro (R) SS
Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
Alfonso Soriano (R) LF
Nate Schierholtz (L) RF
Luis Valbuena (L) 3B
Dioner Navarro (S) C
Darwin Barney (R) 2B
Jeff Samardzija (R) P



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