The Colorado Rockies will roll out the barrel for one last barrel of fun this afternoon at 5:10 versus the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field in Phoenix. The Dbacks are playing for a winning record. The Rockies are playing for— well, the Rockies are playing. They’ll send left-hander Jeff Francis (5-7, 5.75) to the mound to match-up against Arizona righty Ian Kennedy (15-11, 4.16). Kennedy, a finalist for 2011’s NL Cy Young Award, started rocky in 2012, but six months later seeks his 16th victory. He beat the Cubs on Friday, going 5 2/3 innings, holding Chicago to 3 runs on 4 hits despite walking 6. It fits for Francis to start the finale for Colorado. He’s been the rotation’s rudder, its sole consistent performer since arriving as a free-agent in June. He’ll hit the market again this winter, and hopes to re-sign with the Rockies.
The MFL, prepping for his big meeting with Senior Vice President Bill Geivett on Saturday, sends out the same group as Tuesday, shuffled a bit. Charlie Blackmon hits 2nd, Tyler Colvin 5th. Josh Rutledge is again at 2nd-base with Jonny Herreara at short. The Dbacks have AJ Pollack back in center-field leadiing-off. Gerardo Parra moves over to left with Jason Kubel grabbing some bench.
It’s smokin’ again in Phoenix. Game-time temperature will be 100° with a stronger cross-wind than yesterday, blowing from 3rd out toward the right-field corner at 9 to 10 mph. Skies are clear and humidity is 10%. George Frazier’s heading back to Tulsa after his ROOT Sports TV gig tonight. Jerry and Jack are over on radio KOA 850 am.
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