The Colorado Rockies will be looking to finish a “difficult week” on a positive note with a victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers this afternoon at Coors Field in Denver at 2:10 pm MDT. They’ll face Dodgers right-hander Zach Greinke (2-1, 4.38), he of the April 11 scuffle with Carlos Quentin of the Padres. Colorado goes back to the top of its rotation with Jhoulys Chacin (3-3, 3.9).
Chacin went 7 in the Rockies’ 12-inning loss in Houston on Monday night. He allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and went big with strike-outs, recording 9. Greinke has struggled since his return from the broken collar-bone. He beat Washington on May 15, but lost to Milwaukee a week later, and lasted only 4 on Monday against the Angels, surrendering 4 runs on 10 hits.
Colorado is suffering from spotty production, not exactly a mass offensive slump, but from hot-hitters failing in RBI situations, from cold-hitters coming to bat at critical junctures, and from a string of outstanding performances by opposition pitchers. Manager Walt Weiss, who’s contributed with some questionable strategic decisions, has DJ LeMahieu, 2 for 4 on Friday, hitting 2nd behind Dexter Fowler, who was 3 for 5. Yorvit Torrealba will be catching Chacin and hitting 8th. Carl Crawford will lead-off for Los Angeles, which also has Jerry Hairston Jr, Nick Punto, and Tim Federowicz in its starting 9.
Denver weather will be mostly sunny and cool, with temperatures in the mid-60°s and the annoying 10-15 MPH wind that’s been whipping around the city since Thursday. It’ll be gusting in from right-right-center. RoOT’s got TV after another tooth-grinding Fan Friday, their latest attempt to distract viewers from the action on the field. KOA has the radio broadcast on 850 am.
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