Todd Helton is back in the lineup tonight after coming off the 15-day DL with a bad hip. This is the first of 9 for the home trip that will see the Reds (7/27-29), Cards (7/31-8/2) and Giants (8/3-5). It will be the Rockies longest homestand of the season’s “Second Half”.
The team is hoping to win two in a row after another great start by Francis. The Rockies are 8-2 in Francis’ 10 starts since the club signed the veteran left in early June.
Left-hander Drew Pomeranz will be on the mound in tonight’s game. Pomeranz made his Major League debut vs. CIN on 9/11/11 at Coors Field and tossed 5.0 scoreless innings to earn the victory. Pomeranz owns a 3.44 ERA (36.2 ip, 14 er) in 7 career starts at Coors Field.
The Reds will start right-handed pitcher Bronson Arroyo tonight. The veteran is 2-3 with a 5.60 ERA (53.0 ip, 33 er) in 11 career games/9 starts against the Rockies.
Rockies rookie catcher Wilin Rosario has returned to full health after missing three games with a low-grade ankle sprain. On Wednesday he crushed his 16th home run of 2012, a solo shot off Trevor Cahill in the 4th inning. Rosario continues to lead all NL rookies with his 16 home runs, and he is tied with Mike Trout for the MLB lead in home runs among rookies. Roario’s .534 slugging percentage also leads NL rookies and ranks 2nd in the Majors for rookies, again behind only Mike Trout’s .606 mark.
Another Rockies rookie that continues to impress is infielder Josh Rutledge, who went 2-for-4 on Wednesday. The multihit game was already Rutledge’s sixth in 12 career MLB games. Rutledge is batting .356 (16-for-45) with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 1 home run and 6 RBI in his first 12 MLB games.
• Rutledge’s 16 hits since his first MLB game (first game after All-Star break, 7/13) are tied for the most hits among NL rookies since the break. Rutledge also has 28 total bases since the All-Star break, which leads all NL rookies since the break, eight more than second place Steve Lombardozzi’s 20 total bases.
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