With Woody Paige of the Denver Post outlining his blueprint for revitalization of the Colorado Rockies, the team sets-out for its final encounter of 2013 with the Los Angeles Dodgers this afternoon at 2:10 pm MDT at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Paige’s colleague, Mark Kiszla offers a short, mystical reflection on the season featuring a couple of well-placed shots at Rockies’ co-Owner Charlie Monfort that really makes you wonder, what’s this guy up to and who’s pulling his strings? Mystery and intrigue aside, Colorado sends long-time Rockie Jeff Francis (2-5, 6.61) out for one last start to face the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu (14-7, 2.97) in game no. 162 of the 2013 baseball season.
Francis has been working out of the bullpen since returning from a mid-season demotion to AAA Colorado Springs, following his role as one of Colorado’s parade of ineffective no. 5 starting pitchers. He last worked 1-2/3 scoreless innings last Sunday against the Diamondbacks. Ryu, the rookie from South Korea, is tuning-up for a major role in Los Angeles’ upcoming playoff adventure. Ryu went 7 against the Giants on Tuesday, allowing one run on 4 hits and getting the win in the Dodgers’ 2-1 victory in San Francisco.
Rockies’ legend Todd Helton moves up to the no. 3 spot in the Colorado order that he occupied for the better part of his Hall of Fame career, which ends today at the edges of Hollywood. Presumptive batting champion Michael Cuddyer hits 5th and Jordan Pacheco gets another game behind the plate. The indescribable Yasiel Puig and Carl Crawford are back for LA in the 1 and 2 spots, and Michael Young will hit 3rd and play shortstop.
Los Angeles weather is holding at clear skies, temperatures in the mid-80°s, 22% relative humidity and wind blowing out to right-center at 7 MPH. Drew, Jeff, Jenny and the Cowboy will call the wrap on ROoT, but you’ll have to tune over to 630 KHOW for Jerry and Jack’s final words. There’s a football match of medium magnitude over there at Mile High.
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