With 3 of their opening 4 in the W column, the Colorado Rockies will send recently acquired right-hander Jon Garland (DNP – 2012) to the mound this afternoon in the middle match of a 3-game tussle with the San Diego Padres. San Diego will counter with its own righty, Tyson Ross (2-11, 6.5 – 2012). First pitch is set for 6:10 pm at Coors Field in Denver.
Colorado picked-up Garland after he requested his release from the Seattle Mariners, for whom he competed in Spring Training, allowing 3 runs in 12 innings pitched. He also made a spring start for the Rockies after signing, going 6 and giving up a run on 5 hits. Garland’s acquisition could be key for Colorado, allowing promising left-hander Drew Pomeranz time to mature in Colorado Springs after a harrowing 2013 second half on the Rocky Mountain Death March.
Jon Garland is 33 years old, from Valencia, California. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1997, and shipped across town to the White Sox at the trade deadline in 1998. He reached the big leagues on
July 4, 2000, and compiled a 92-81 record in 8 seasons with the Sox, featuring ERAs generally in the mid-4s. His greatest success came in 2005, when he went 18-10/3.50, made the All-Star team, and Chicago won the World Series. He followed that up with 18-7/4.51 in 2006 and was traded to the Anaheim Angels after the 2007 season. He’s made subsequent stops in San Diego and Los Angeles, where he landed on the DL June 2, 2011 with shoulder soreness that required surgery and cost him not only the remainder of 2011, but 2012 as well.
22 months later he’ll suit up for the Rockies against Ross, who spent the 2012 season in the Oakland A’s organization, logging 152 innings, evenly split between the big club and AAA. He turned-in a big spring for San Diego, which landed him the no. 5 spot in manager Bud Black’s rotation. He is alleged to throw hard.
Denver weather looks to be partly cloudy at game time, with a temperature about 59°, which will drop down toward 50° as the evening progresses. Relative humidity will be in the 30s, rising as the temperature falls. A mild breeze will blow in from center-field at about 7 MPH. Your favorite broadcasters will have all the action, led by Drew Goodman, George Frazier, Jeff Huson, and a decidedly foxier-looking Jenny Cavnar on ROOT. Jerry Schemmel and Jack Corrigan are the radio voices on KOA 850 am.
|1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
2. Josh Rutledge (R) 2B
3. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
4. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS
5. Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
6. Todd Helton (L) 1B
7. Wilin Rosario (R) C
8. Chris Nelson (R) 3B
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