This home stand coming out of the break was supposed to be the one where the Colorado Rockies made some hay by preying on some of their lesser opponents in the “friendly confines” of Coors Field. The Rockies keep forgetting that, like the Houston Astros back in May, all of these teams, even the Chicago Cubs, have major leaguers on them, and with apologies to Jaredean and also to Steve Forbert, You Cannot Win If You Do Not Score. They’ll try to go out and do some scoring again tonight at 6:10 pm in the middle match of a 3-game set with the Cubs down at the old ballpark in lower downtown Denver.
Juan Nicasio (5-4, 4.89) gets the call for Colorado against Chicago’s Carlos Villanueva (2-5, 3.59), the mustachioed heart-throb. Sorry Ed the Ump, chicks dig the handlebars. Nicasio (dare I say it) was electric in Los Angeles on July 12, when returning from a brief incarceration in Colorado Springs, he shut-out the Dodgers for 7 innings on 3 hits. Villanuenva also went two Fridays ago, losing to the Cards despite allowing only 2 runs and 4 hits over 6 innings, as the Cubs went down 3-2.
Rockies’ manager Walt Weiss, breaking with Colorado tradition, is rolling out the same lineup for a second consecutive night. It’s the one with all the 1st-teamers in it, the one with the three All Star starters back-to-back in the power slots. Carlos Gonzalez. Troy Tulowitzki. Michael Cuddyer. Got runs? Cubs skipper Dale Sveum will have Luis Valbuena leading-off at 3rd-base, and Rockie killer Nate Schierholtz is hitting 5th in right-field.
It’s going to mostly cloudy down in LoDo this evening, 87° at game time and dropping about 10 degrees over 9 innings. It’ll be windy early, blowing across from right to left at about 12 MPH. Drew and George have the play-by-play on ROoT, with Jerry and Jack doing radio 850 am KOA.
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