Two potentially bad pitchers are going head to head in the 2:10 p.m. MDT tilt. Kyle Kendrick has been up and down this year. He is 2-7 with a 6.55 ERA while Jose Urena enters the game with a 0-2, 7.24 ERA record, making his third start of his young career. Which Kendrick will show up? He has owned the Marlins when he was pitching for the Phillies with a 13-4 record and a 3.45 ERA in 26 games. The bad Kendrick has been a disaster when pitching at Coors this year. He has a Guthrie-al 0-3 record with a 7.99 ERA in four starts. He also has served 15 gopher balls (8 at Coors) which is tied for most in the NL.
The Rockies’ M.O. over the last few years has been getting shut down by a pitcher struggling to be good enough to be a number five starter. Today it is Jose “Cy” Urina’s turn to be a Cy Young candidate. Walt Weiss decided to do away with a Sunday lineup today going with the regular lineup that he has been using the last couple of weeks. The Sunday lineup was used yesterday in a 10-5 thumping of the Fish. A win today will mark the seventh consecutive series that they won or tied since the end of the 11-game losing streak.
Charlie Culberson was activated and optioned to Albuquerque. LaTroy Hawkins was scheduled to make a couple of appearances with Albuquerque before hopefully rejoining the team when they head east to take on the Marlins again. Colorado will stopover in Houston for two games before completing a home and home series against the Astros at Coors. Corey Dickerson is going through tests to convince the Rockies that he’s ready to return to baseball at game speed. He is not in Albuquerque’s lineup today. Drew Stubbs was rumored to be heating up and reducing his K rate. Matt McBride continues to toil there in preparation for any transactions and/or injury that could possibly happen while working at the various positions (corner OF, 1B, and C). Jon Gray over the last month has shown that he has passed the AAA level and may be ready for any call ups when needed.
Chris Rusin with his sparkling performance yesterday is attempting to stick in the rotation, replacing Jordan Lyles who is out for the season. The Rockies have been trying to get Jorge De La Rosa back to 100% health by starting him every 7 or 8 days when possible. Chad Bettis looks like he is here to stay. Eddie Butler is still learning on the job. Kendrick needs to be more consistent to give the rotation some traction and rhythm. David Hale will have a spot start tomorrow against St. Louis. The Rockies might be evaluating him as a starter to replace either Kendrick or Butler.
If the rotation can stabilize and Stubbs is truly back to himself the Rockies may be a much better team than anticipated with the eminent returns of Dickerson and Hawkins. Of course, that is on paper, They have to play it out on the field and re-establish Coors Field dominance. Colorado is at this point in the season when they annually get into the June swoon on the road and they start playing winning teams. They are due to get bitten by the altitude factor on the road. On the other hand, the offense is starting to fire up running on all cylinders with Tulo and CarGo heating up. They just need to stop making a middling pitcher look like Cy Young.