Jhoulys Chacin described his first start in the Rockies’ controversial 4/75 starting pitcher rotation as “really fun,” and one can infer the previous 14 months had not been particularly fun for the Colorado Rockies’ right-hander, who suddenly lost his effectiveness in late June of 2011. Chacin (1-3, 6.16) makes his second start for Colorado coming-off a 3-month stint on the Disabled List for a nerve impingement in his throwing shoulder Sunday afternoon against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field in Chicago, starting at 12:20 pm MDT. The Rockies are looking to take the 3-game weekend series with the Cubs and head back to Denver following a 6-1 road trip to face the freshly bolstered Los Angeles Dodgers for three games at Coors Field. Chicago turns to righty Chris Volstad (0-9, 6.88), who is winless in his last 24 starts.
Chacin held the New York Mets to one run in 6 innings last Tuesday in a 6-2 Rockies’ victory, allowing 4 hits, walking none, and striking-out two. Volstad last pitched a week ago in Cincinnati when Chicago lost to the Reds 5-4. He also went 6 innings, with no-decision in a 4-run, 7-hit performance. The teams split their first two 2012 contests in mirror-image fashion earlier in the weekend. Colorado squandered a 3-2 eighth inning lead with shoddy defense to lose 5-3 on Friday; the Cubs returned the favor with a sloppy seventh Saturday afternoon to fall 4-3.
Charlie Blackmon slips into the lead-off spot at right-field in Rockies’ manager Jim Tracy’s lineup with yesterday’s first four sliding down a notch. Luis Valbuena is back at third-base for the Cubs and Steve Clevenger is catching.
It’ll be cloudy in the Windy City with a chance of showers this afternoon. Temperatures will be in the low 80’s, muggy with around 63% relative humidity. Winds will be out of the south-southwest at 10 to 12 MPH. Rockies’ TV is on ROOT Sports, and the radio broadcast today is on KHOW 630 am.
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