Jorge De La Rosa brings a mean stick to the plate. The Rockies’ left-hander, who normally makes the Colorado lineup resemble that of an American League team, has been hampered all season long by bruised fingers on his pitching hand, and lately they’ve not only hampered his once-potent bat, they’ve set him on the shelf for a second consecutive start. Righty Collin McHugh (0-2, 7.94) gets the call instead tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks, 6:10 pm MDT at Coors Field in Denver. He’ll be opposed by fellow right-hander Trevor Cahill (7-10, 4.12).
McHugh takes the hill in his third 2013 start for the Rockies. He filled-in for De La Rosa on Monday and went 5 innings, giving up a run on 4 hits in Colorado’s 6-2 victory over the Cardinals. Cahill has been on a roll since his return from a refresher course in the town of Reno, Nevada, so he hasn’t lost in the majors since June 30, and has wins in 4 of his last 7 outings. Cahill was also bringing-it Monday, defeating the Division Champion Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1. He went 5-1/3, surrendering the only LA run on 2 hits. He walked 4 and struck-out 4.
Colorado manager Walt Weiss will apparently be filling-out the Rockies’ lineup cards for some time to come, although the accounts of an alleged contract extension in the media have had less credibility than even the posts on RWO. Whatever the case, Weiss has a new trick up his sleeve tonight, slotting Josh Rutledge in at 3rd base for Nolan Arenado, who also has a finger injury. Rockies players have had more hand injuries in 2013 than the Hartford Dark Blues of the 1870s, before players started wearing gloves on their fielding hands. Rutledge at 3rd says something about entrenchment for below average DJ LeMahieu, a poor hitter, who bats second in the Colorado order. Arizona’s Kirk Gibson, meanwhile is giving someone named Tuffy Gosewisch a start at catcher. Willie Bloomquist gets the call at short, and Chris Owings will be at 2nd base.
Denver’s pleasant afternoon will morph into a pleasant evening, with game-time temperatures of 76° dropping into the 60°s as the contest progresses. The wind will waft out to left field at about 7 MPH with humidity rising as the temperature falls. George Frazier will school us on how to pronounce “Gosewisch” on ROoT with duly sincere Drew Goodman handling the play-by-play. Jerry and Jack have it on radio 850 KOA am.
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