The Colorado Rockies have spent the better part of June trying to find some traction. They won 4 of their first 5, including 2 in Cincinnati, broke-even in a 10-game home stand, and then stunk-it-up on a 2-7 road trip. They’ve split the first 2 on the current 7-game home stretch, and have an opportunity to step-up in the National League West hierarchy with 15 intra-division match-ups in the little over two weeks remaining until the All Star Break. Absent a move with Dexter Fowler, who’s out of the lineup for a fourth-straight game, they’ll at least have a day without a roster move to concentrate on putting a winning-streak together. They face the San Francisco Giants in the middle game of a 3-game series this afternoon at 2:10 pm MDT at Coors Field in Denver.
They have the right guy on the mound. Jorge De La Rosa (8-4, 3.19) has been superior when his left-hand behaves. Since battling first a cut and then a bruise earlier in the month the left-hander’s allowed only 2 earned runs over his last 13 innings. He gave-up those runs in last Sunday’s win over the Nationals in Washington, when he scattered 7 hits over 6 innings. The Giants will counter with right-hander Matt Cain (5-4, 4.54), who’s allowed only 6 earned runs in his last 4 appearances. Cain also pitched Sunday, losing to the Marlins. He surrendered 3 runs on 6 hits in 6 innings.
Newest Rockie Corey Dickerson will take Fowler’s spot atop the Colorado batting order and in center-field. The RWO management team will be thrilled to see veteran Todd Helton batting 5th at 1st-base. Yorvit Torrealba will catch De La Rosa, and the Black Bean Jonny Herrera will bat 8th at short. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy’s pencilled-in some unfamiliar names for the Giants. Tony Abreu’s at 2nd-base, Juan Perez is in center and Guillermo Quiroz will catch.
It’s cooled-off a bit in Denver after last night’s post-game thunder shower. Skies will be partly cloudy with temperatures in the low 80°s. A mild breeze will blow in from right-field with 35% relative humidity. No surprises with the broadcasts: TV’s on ROoT, radio KOA.
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