As the Colorado Rockies prepare to encounter the Arizona Diamondbacks at 6:10 pm MDT this evening on Wade Miley Garden Gnome Day at Chase Field in Phoenix (TJ I hope you’re one of the first 20,000), not much notable is happening on the old beat. Rockies starter Jeff Francis is coming off 3 lousy appearances. Carlos Gonzalez is in a 3-29 slump. Anibal Sanchez struck-out 17 Braves on Friday night and Jordan Zimmerman 1-hit the Reds. And the Yankees lost Ivan Nova and Francisco Cervelli in a victory over the disappointing Blue Jays. But you can head on out to the erstwhile BOB and pick-up a free gnome just for spending a couple hundred bucks at the old ballpark.
Francis (1-2, 8.44) faces the gnome himself. Miley (2-0, 2.77) has taken-up where he left-off in 2012, when he nearly earned Rookie of the Year honors. He’s pitched into the 7th in all but his first start at Milwaukee on April 5, giving up 8 runs and 21 hits in 26 innings of work. None of Colorado’s 64 2012 victories came against the left-hander, who beat them 4 times. Francis has indeed been stinking it up. After a strong outing in the home opener, he’s given-up 15 runs in 10 innings over 3 starts. The vultures are circling after a decent Tyler Chatwood stand-in for Jhoulys Chacin, who’ll return from the Disabled List in early May.
We are seeing the post-Helton starting lineup for the Rockies tonight. Eric Young Jr is back on the bench, Jordan Pacheco is at 1st base batting 2nd, and Jeff Rutledge hits 7th (I like it). The D’backs have Martin Prado leading-off tonight. Center-fielder AJ Pollock hits 2nd. Cliff Pennington is in at shortstop for Didi Gregorius, beaned in the 7th by Colorado’s Josh Outman on Friday.
It’s 97° in Phoenix this afternoon, so guessing is the gnomes will be indoors. It’s unknown whether ROOT Sports has prepared a spectacular rivaling the one they cooked-up for Eric Young Sr bobblehead day, but you can bet Jeff and Marc and Drew Goodman are up for anything. It’s Jerry and Jack on 850 KOA am.
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