Calling Batters

Even considering the 6 run victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, the Colorado Rockies are averaging less than 2 runs per game on their current NL East road-trip.  Saturday evening’s match-up against the Philadelphia Phillies doesn’t figure to be any easier with Phillies former World Series MVP Cole Hamels (14-6, 3.04) on the mound for the middle game of a 3-game series in the City of Brotherly Love.  Game-time is 5:05 MDT at Citizens’ Bank Park.  Rockies’ right-hander Tyler Chatwood (4-4, 5.53) will oppose the lefty Hamels.

Colorado manager Jim Tracy is turning to Andrew Brown and Matt McBride to support the necessary offensive boost.  Brown will be in right-field for Tyler Colvin and McBride will be at 1st base for Jordan Pacheco.  DJ LeMahieu is at 2nd base with Josh Rutledge at shortstop.  Nate Schierholtz, who doomed the Rockies with his 9th-inning single Friday night, will bat second and play right-field for Philadelphia, with Domonic Brown moving over to left and John Mayberry Jr in center.

Chatwood was the loser in the Kris Medlen masterpiece in Atlanta on Monday, allowing 5 earned runs in 3 innings on 3 hits with 5 walks.  Hamels went 6, surrendering 3 runs on 6 hits, on Sunday, also against the Braves.  He struck-out 6.

It’s not too nice in Philadelphia today.  It’s raining and thunderstorms are expected throughout tonight’s contest.  Game-time temperature will be 77°, falling rapidly as night falls.  Gusty winds at 15 to 18 mph will blow from left-field to right.  Relative humidity will be in the range of 75%.

Drew and Jeff will be on ROOT for TV with Jerry and Jack on KOA 850 am.


COLORADO (56-81)
Dexter Fowler (S) CF
Josh Rutledge (R) SS
Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
Wilin Rosario (R) C
Andrew Brown (R) RF
Chris Nelson (R) 3B
Matt McBride (R) 1B
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Tyler Chatwood (R) P
Jimmy Rollins (S) SS
Nate Schierholtz (L) RF
Chase Utley (L) 2B
Ryan Howard (L) 1B
John Mayberry (R) CF
Domonic Brown (L) LF
Erik Kratz (R) C
Michael Martinez (S) 3B
Cole Hamels (L) P


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