The Colorado Rockies are looking to break-even in the their weekend series with the San Diego Padres before an off-day and a week featuring matches with the National League East second echelon Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies. Colorado sends-out right-hander Juan Nicasio (4-2, 4.76) against Padres’ lefty Clayton Richard (1-5, 8.38) for the 2:10 pm MDT contest at Coors Field in Lower Downtown Denver.
Nicasio is now three starts removed from his lights-out 6-inning appearance versus San Francisco on May 19. He’s held the wolves at-bay in the weeks since, their attention pre-occupied with the demise of Jon Garland and Eric Young Jr’s cries of desperation. But the big righty hasn’t won since that day against the Giants. On Tuesday he went 6 in Cincinnati, surrendering 3 runs on five hits and 2 bases-on-balls. San Diego’s Richard had his sole effective start of 2013 on April 14 against the Rockies, when he held them scoreless for 6 innings on 2 hits. Otherwise Richard’s brightest appearances were three 5-run 7-inning efforts, and his only win came in relief in the Padres’ 4-3 17-inning victory over Toronto on May 31. Richard gave-up 6 runs in 4-1/3 against the Dodgers in LA on Tuesday.
Hold on to your hats because Young is back for Colorado, Todd Helton’s on against the lefty, and Yorvit Torrealba is catching Nicasio. Jonny Herrera, the recently disclosed “Black Bean” (sorry Batgirl it’s FAR better) is in at 2nd-base for DJ LeMahieu. San Diego’s Bud Black is pulling the big switcheroo against the right-hander Nicasio. Everth Cabrera will lead-off, Alexi Amarista hits 2nd at 3rd, enormous Kyle Blanks is cleaning-up in left-field, Will Venable’s in right, Jesus Guzman’s at 1st, and Nick Hundley’s catching.
Denver is rolling-out spectacular weather for the second Sunday in a row. Slap-on the sunscreen and head-down the the old ball park for some 80° sunshine to go with those cold Coors Lights. A gentle breeze will blow across from right to left at 5 MPH. Drew Goodman’s back after yesterday’s cameo on FOX with partner Jeff Huson on ROOT. Radio’s on KOA.
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