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.
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