Will Rox Escape Smoke or Get Lost in Mirror Maze?

The Rockies (39-41) and the Giants (38-40) are both going backwards and one team will have the good fortune of taking home a victory tonight. Jhoulys Chacin will open the three-game series at Coors Field against San Francisco and he will be followed by Jorge De La Rosa and Drew Pomeranz. The Giants counter with soft tossing Barry Zito, Matt Cain, and Madison Bumgarner. The teams are tied with each other for third place, a half game behind the San Diego Padres with the hard charging Dodgers bring up the rear. Purple Row’s tweet quoted, “The Rockies have stunk over their last 12 games. During the same stretch the Giants have been worse.” In fact the Giants have lost four straight games and nine of the last 12 games. In the meantime, Colorado begin a string of 16 straight games against the NL West opponents.

Rafael Betancourt has been activated from the disabled list and Juan Nicasio was optioned to Colorado Springs in a corresponding move. Walt Weiss emphatically said he did not want Nicasio to become a bullpen pitcher. He might have a valid point as Nicasio historically has had poor first innings. There will be another corresponding move Sunday to make room for Pomeranz. Dexter Fowler’s MRI was negative and he returns to the lineup. “Money” is entrenched in the clean up spot attempting to extend his club record 24-game hitting streak. CarGo was inserted in the three hole as usual to test his expanded strike zone (letters high, ankles low, inside plate edge, and opposite batter box line is his strike zone) against Zito. The matchup to watch tonight is Pablo Sandoval against Chacin with an off the charts (est.) 1.40 OPS.

6:40pm (J. Chacin – R)
vs. Giants (B. Zito – L)

1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF
2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B
3. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
4. Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
5. Wilin Rosario (R) C
6. Jordan Pacheco (R) 1B
7. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
8. Josh Rutledge (R) SS
9. Jhoulys Chacin (R) P


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