As bad as the first two months of the season went, the Rockies have not lost five games in a row even once this season. After losing four straight since the first time since May 31-June 3, now would be a tragically poetic time to do it. Let's not go there.
To avoid it, the Rockies need to win a matchup of a fifth starter vs an All-Star, a tall task on the road. First, Jason Hammel absolutely must throw his sixth straight start of allowing no more than three runs. If I can be choosy, I'll take the Hammel we saw in his last two starts, where he allowed 3 runs in 14 innings vs two above average offensive teams (Washington and Los Angeles) in offensive parks (Nationals Park and Coors Field). Good Hammel is essential.
#46 / Pitcher / Colorado Rockies
Sep 02, 1982
|2009 - Jason Hammel||8-7||26||23||1||0||0||0||132.0||165||73||65||12||33||91||4.43||1.50|
Then there's Matt Cain, whose FIP is 3.90, significant since his career FIP is also 3.90. He is pitching essentially like he has his entire career, except he's doing a better job getting clutch outs - his LOB% is an astronomical 85.6%, second only to J.A. Happ in MLB. For a team that has scored 6 runs in 4 games, clutch hitting will be the crutch.
#18 / Pitcher / San Francisco Giants
Oct 01, 1984
|2009 - Matt Cain||12-4||2.39||1.15||133||61|
Cain hasn't won in six starts. Let's not give him win 13 too. Time to get that 2 game lead back.
08/30/09 2:05 PM MDT
|Colorado Rockies||San Francisco Giants|
|Carlos Gonzalez - CF||Eugenio Velez - LF|
|Ryan Spilborghs - LF||Edgar Renteria - SS|
|Todd Helton - 1B||Nate Schierholtz - RF|
|Troy Tulowitzki - SS||Pablo Sandoval - 3B|
|Brad Hawpe - RF||Travis Ishikawa - 1B|
|Ian Stewart - 3B||Juan Uribe - 2B|
|Clint Barmes - 2B||Aaron Rowand - CF|
|Yorvit Torrealba - C||Eli Whiteside - C|
|Jason Hammel - P||Matt Cain - P|