The Colorado Rockies – Los Angeles Dodgers 2012 series stood at 6 games each prior to the 3-game match-up that commenced yesterday in Denver. Aspiring for more, the Dodgers executed their now infamous $260 million talent grab Saturday morning only to see the barely major-league Rockies make that split 7-6 Colorado with a 10-0 shellacking Monday evening. LA is now 1-2 since the big deal and getting just a mite anxious to begin asserting the expected dominance it’s going to take to overcome the Giants, Braves, World Champion Cardinals and Pirates to make the National League playoffs. They’ll send lefty Chris Capuano (11-9, 3.37) to the Coors Field mound Tuesday against Tyler Chatwood (3-3, 4.98) of the Rockies for a 6:40 pm MDT start.
Chatwood, 2-2/3.38 as a starter for Colorado, makes his sixth appearance since an August 5 recall. The right-hander has pitched with mixed-results, lasting 5 and 6 innings in wins over San Francisco and Milwaukee but getting knocked around in just 4 in a 6-run loss to the Marlins. He worked only 3, albeit shut-out, innings Thursday in the Rockies’ 1-0 defeat of the Mets. Capuano has been steady for the Dodgers, but has only 2 wins in his last 10 outings. He lost last Wednesday versus the Giants, surrendering 6 runs on 6 hits over 5 innings.
Josh Rutledge returns to the Colorado lineup this evening, back at shortstop and batting second. Carlos Gonzalez gets at least part of the night off with Andrew Brown taking his spot in left. Right-fielder Charlie Blackmon hits in the 8-hole. Don Mattingly is swapping Mark Ellis and Shane Victorino in the 1-2 slots for LA tonight. Adam Kennedy will be at third-base.
The temperature in Lodo at game time is expected to be down to 87° F under partly cloudy skies, and will drop steadily, as a 35% chance of showers develops in the later innings. Relative humidity will be around 23% and winds will be from the west at 7 MPH, swinging around from north to south as the contest progresses. Jenny, Marc, Joel and the Cowboy will flank Drew and Jeff for another fascinating visual display on ROOT Sports while poor old Jerry and Jack lay-low on radio KOA 850 am.
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