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The Colorado Rockies will look to even-up their weekend series with the San Diego Padres this evening at 6:40 pm at Petco Park in San Diego behind the right-hand slants of Tyler Chatwood (7-4, 3.29), who takes his turn despite a line-drive off the pitching hand in last Sunday’s start against the Reds.  He’ll match-up with fellow right-hander Tyson Ross (3-7, 2.99), who’s much-improved since returning to the Padre’s rotation on July 23.

Chatwood left the Sunday start in the 3rd after Mike Leake led-off and drove a single up the middle off the hand.  Shin-Soo Choo followed with a home run and then Chatwood walked Brandon Phillips and Joey Votto before Colorado manager Walt Weiss came to get him.  Ross went 5 that day against the Dodgers, allowing a run on 5 hits in a game LA won 2-1.

Whatever it is William Dexter Fowler did to his leg on that slide into 2nd doesn’t seem to be healing.  He sits again with Corey Dickerson leading-off and Charlie Blackmon in center-field.  Nolan Arenado returns to 3rd-base and Yorvit Torrealba catches.  Jesus Guzman is in at 1st-base for San Diego in place of Kyle Blanks (or “Banks” as he’s known to the copy editors at the Denver Post).  The rest of Bud Black’s lineup is static from Friday.

The sky’s clear and temperatures will be in the mid 70°s in San Diego’s Gas Light District tonight.  The wind will blow out toward right-center at 6 MPH with 57% relative humidity.  Drew and Jeff are on ROoT, Jerry and Jack have it on 850 am.

COLORADO (66-76)
Corey Dickerson (L) LF
DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
Todd Helton (L) 1B
Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
Yorvit Torrealba (R) C
Charlie Blackmon (L) CF
Tyler Chatwood (R) P
SAN DIEGO (63-77)
Will Venable (L) RF
Chris Denorfia (R) LF
Jedd Gyorko (R) 2B
Chase Headley (S) 3B
Jesus Guzman (R) 1B
Alexi Amarista (L) CF
Ronny Cedeno (R) SS
Nick Hundley (R) C
Tyson Ross (R) P



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8 years ago

No hitting (again), but nice to see Chatwood picking right up where he left off. 10 grounds outs, 4 flyouts, 1 run. And then Belisle continues to prove that he’s declining fast. Rockies have a 4 million buck mutual option for him in 2014, and “Helton’s best friend” or not, I can’t see him being worth bringing back. In fact, I’d like to see the Rockies test other guys (Boggs, Scahill) in that role for the rest of this season.

8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

He has given us great service and a great guy-but HE’S DONE! They will need the 4 Mil to bring back Mr.”I feel like a teenager”Helton next year

8 years ago
Reply to  GARY

Yeah Gary, that’s what I’m worried about. Helton hits a little better in this month and decides he’s comin’ back. Which would be fine with me if they told him he’s coming back as a Giambi, but we all know they don’t have the guts to do that. Which would mean they also don’t have the guts to get a new first baseman in the offseason lest they hurt Todd’s feelings. Remember, Todd has NEVER said he’s retiring after this… Read more »

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8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Yep, that’s what I think too. That 2500th hit energized him for the month of September so he’ll end the season as a hero and want to come back for more next year. And since there is no one chomping at the bit to take over 1B, and since not hurting anyone’s feelings is way more important than fielding a competitive team, I think we’ll see Todd at 1B in 2014. The wildcard though is whether whatever was going on… Read more »

8 years ago

Agreed, Ag. It’ll be interesting to see if they bring Belisle back when they’ve been prone to abuse the bullpen guys and then dump them.

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