Split Vision

The Colorado Rockies wind-up their seven-game homestand Sunday afternoon with a 1:10 pm MDT start against the Miami Marlins at Coors Field in downtown Denver.  The Rockies will send left-hander Drew Pomeranz (1-7, 5.04) out against Miami’s Josh Johnson (7-9, 3.73) as Colorado looks to finish 5-2 during the home skein and split the four-game series with the Marlins.

Pomeranz will take the hill on seven day’s rest.  The Rockies are monitoring his progress closely.  The 23 year-old  spent May and June with AAA Colorado Springs reforming his delivery and returned to Denver on July 1 for the first of two scoreless 6 inning outings, but with the exception of a four-inning shut-out start against Los Angeles on August 6, he’s bumbled since.  He’s battled a “dead arm” and chest pain since late July, and the Rockies plan to be careful with him down the stretch of a lost Colorado season.

Johnson, a righty who went head-to-head with former Rockie Ubaldo Jimenez in a 2010 first half display of pitching wizardry, has only allowed 4 earned runs in his past 5 starts, and took the loss for Miami on Tuesday when Jimmy Rollins of the Phillies homered off him on the second pitch of a game that Philadelphia won 1-0.

It’ll be a pleasant afternoon in Lodo with temperatures ranging from 77 to 81° F under partly cloudy skies.  Relative humidity will be around 22% with winds out of the north-northeast at 7 MPH.  Rockies TV is as usual on ROOT Sports with the radio broadcast on KOA 850 am.

The Rockies returned Michael Cuddyer to the 15 -day Disabled List and recalled outfielder Andrew Brown from the Sky Sox.  Colorado MFL Jim Tracy has Ramon Hernandez at clean-up, catching, Charlie Blackmon making his first MLB start of 2012 in right-field, and Jonny Herrera at second-base.  Marlins’ manager Ozzie Guillen has Emilio Bonifacio and Donnie Murphy coming-off the DL.  Both are starting, Bonifacio leading-off in center-field and Murphy hitting sixth at third.  Justin Ruggiano will play left-field for Miami and John Buck is back behind the plate.

MIAMI (55-66)
Emilio Bonifacio (S) CF
Justin Ruggiano (R) LF
Jose Reyes (S) SS
Carlos Lee (R) 1B
Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF
Donnie Murphy (R) 3B
John Buck (R) C
Donovan Solano (R) 2B
Josh Johnson (L) P
COLORADO (45-73)
Eric Young (S) LF
Josh Rutledge (R) SS
Dexter Fowler (S) CF
Ramon Hernandez (R) C
Tyler Colvin (L) 1B
Jordan Pacheco (R) 3B
Charlie Blackmon (L) RF
Jonathan Herrera (S) 2B
Drew Pomeranz (R) P

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Bill
Bill
8 years ago

It’s a little late to trade Cuddyer. Looks like he’s going back on the DL http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120819&content_id=36958014&vkey=news_col&c_id=col

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

I was just checking the standings,
and the Rockies are now 1 game behind the Cubs for the 14th best record in the NL. Go Rockies!

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago
Reply to  Miketober

That’s correct, Miketober, but the more important thing is that the Rockies magic number to with the West is down to 62. It was a great homestand…against a couple of weak teams, mind you. But at this point, we’ll take anything positive. BTW, what a great win for Hurdle’s Buccos. I watched the 16-19th innings. The way the Pirates scored in the 17th to take the lead and have the Cards come right back with a run in the bottom… Read more »

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