Game #79 preview: Roy Oswalt vs. John Lackey

Cuddyer looks to tie Dante Bichette's Rockies record for most consecutive games with a hit. - Jim Rogash

Rockies look to split the short series and return home with a winning record against a tough veteran pitcher.

Roy Oswalt will be getting his second start for Colorado today in MLB's matinee game, starting at 2:00 pm mountain time. He and the Rockies batters will be up against a difficult pitcher in John Lackey who has the top offense in the American League backing him up. A win today will give the Rockies a 3-6 road trip and allow them to return home still over .500. A loss, and they will have even more work to do against divisional foes leading up to the all-star break to stay in contention.

Oswalt did not have a great first outing, but he did set the season high for strikeouts by a Rockies pitcher. Going up a against an offense that hung 10 runs up on the Rockies last night, Roy getting several innings will be important for a bullpen that was abused last night. Here are your projected lineups:

Rockies

1. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B

2. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF

3. Michael Cuddyer (R) RF

4. Wilin Rosario (R) DH

5. Todd Helton (L) 1B

6. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B

7. Tyler Colvin (L) CF

8. Yorvit Torrealba (R) C

9. Josh Rutledge (R) SS

Red Sox

1. Jacoby Ellsbury (L) CF

2. Shane Victorino (S) RF

3. Dustin Pedroia (R) 2B

4. David Ortiz (L) DH

5. Mike Napoli (R) 1B

6. Daniel Nava (S) LF

7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia (S) C

8. Stephen Drew (L) SS

9. Jose Iglesias (R) 3B

GO ROCKIES!

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