Since clearing customs and encountering Josh Johnson and the Toronto Blue Jays’ bullpen the Colorado Rockies have averaged short of a run and a half a game, lost 5 straight, fallen below .500, and dropped 4 games behind Arizona in the National League West standings. Roster moves come daily. Doom has settled upon the Rox Walk-Off. Dan O’Dowd continues to suck. Bill Geivett is a doofus. The farm is bereft. Trade the china doll Tulowitzki! Bring on the Giambino!
The latest call-up, Corey Dickerson of Brookhaven, Mississippi, gets a start in right-field as the Rockies look to get into the win column on a road trip east that still has 3 games to go. “Play Ball” is at 10:05 am MDT versus the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in the Nation’s Capital after a tough 2-1 loss to the Nats on Friday night. Dickerson will hit 6th and slot into the lineup in place of Todd Helton. Big Money Michael Cuddyer, working a 19 game hitting streak, moves from the outfield to 1st base. Nationals’ manager Davey Johnson will use Roger Bernadina in left-field and Jhonatan Solano at catcher in an order that otherwise mimics that of Friday.
Right hander Jhoulys Chacin (5-3, 4.26) gets the task of anchoring Colorado on the mound. Chacin was superb on Sunday, coming-up an out short of a complete-game shut-out of the Philadelphia Phillies. He threw only 86 pitches, 69 of which were strikes, in the Rockies’ 5-2 victory, their most recent. Danny Haren (4-8, 5.72) will pitch for Washington, presenting perhaps a break in the parade of top-shelf starters Colorado’s faced thus far on the trip.
It looks to be a pleasant enough day down on the Anacostia river in DC Near Southeast. Temperatures will be in the low 80°s under clear skies with around 55% relative humidity. A 7 MPH breeze will blow straight-out. Drew, Jeff, Marc, Jenny and the Cowboy will be back on ROoT after another taxing Fan Friday. It’s Jerry and Jack on the radio, KOA 850 am.
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