2013 Colorado Rockies Game No. 88: Drew Pomeranz vs. Wade Miley

Garrett Ellwood

The Rockies hope to avoid dropping a season-high four games below .500 on Saturday in Phoenix. It will take a much better performance from Drew Pomeranz than he gave last time out.

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Colorado Rockies
@ Arizona Diamondbacks

Saturday, Jul 6, 2013, 8:10 PM MDT
Chase Field

Drew Pomeranz vs Wade Miley

Mostly sunny. Winds blowing in from left field at 1-5 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 105.

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I'm incredibly busy, so the GameThread is the preview and the preview is the GameThread.

Deal with it.

Anyway, Drew Pomeranz will make his second big-league start this season, and he'll need to be a lot better than he was last time out, when he four runs on seven hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings. The Giants' struggling offense got the best of Pomeranz that day, and the D-Backs present a much stiffer challenge -- at least, right now -- so Pom needs to get more efficient in a hurry.

Wade Miley will counter for Arizona. Miley earned a spot on the NL All-Star team and finished second in Rookie of the Year voting a year ago after posting a K/BB ratio of nearly four en route to a 3.33 ERA. Miley's walks have ballooned this year, from 1.7 per nine innings to 3.2 per nine. As such, his ERA has suffered, sitting at nearly a full run higher in 2013 than in 2012. Miley's also more hittable this year and his home run luck has been worse, so let's hope the Rockies can at least compete against him tonight unlike last night, when they could not touch Tyler Skaggs.

At least Carlos Gonzalez is back in the lineup tonight, so fellow All-Star Michael Cuddyer won't feel like he has to do it all himself while surrounded by a bunch of out machines.

Lineups

Rockies

1. Josh Rutledge (R) 2B
2. Jonathan Herrera (S) SS
3. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF
4. Michael Cuddyer (R) RF
5. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B
6. Todd Helton (L) 1B
7. Yorvit Torrealba (R) C
8. Tyler Colvin (L) CF
9. Drew Pomeranz (R) P

D-Backs

1. A.J. Pollock (R) CF
2. Aaron Hill (R) 2B
3. Paul Goldschmidt (R) 1B
4. Miguel Montero (L) C
5. Cody Ross (R) LF
6. Martin Prado (R) 3B
7. Gerardo Parra (L) RF
8. Didi Gregorius (L) SS
9. Wade Miley (L) P

'S get 'em, boys.

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