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2011 Rockies Game #117: Esmil Rogers vs. Dontrelle Willis

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The Rockies can clinch at least a series split on the road with a win tonight. To do so, they will have to get the better of a strange, fascinating pitching match-up.

Esmil Rogers

#48 / Pitcher / Colorado Rockies

6-1

190

R

R

Aug 14, 1985

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Esmil Rogers 5-1 11 5 0 0 0 0 34.0 41 24 24 4 18 26 6.35 1.74

Wait...5-1? Really? I didn't even realize until I just inserted the stats. Truly. Despite being more hittable than most All-Star Home Run Derby pitchers half the time, Rogers leads the Rockies in win percentage (more than 4 starts). PITCHERWINZ. He has actually been much better of late. Since literally replacing Ubaldo Jimenez after the trade July 30, Rogers has allowed 2 ER in 10.1 IP, including 8 hits, 10 K's and 3 BBs. Tonight will be another important opportunity for Rogers, who is out of options in 2012, to convince the Rockies' FO that he is worth penciling into the back of a retooled rotation next April.

Dontrelle Willis

#50 / Pitcher / Cincinnati Reds

6-4

225

L

L

Jan 12, 1982

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Dontrelle Willis 0-1 5 5 0 0 0 0 29.0 30 11 11 2 11 17 3.41 1.41

Dontrelle made his return to the big leagues on July 10, 53 weeks after his last MLB start. Since then, he's been incredibly...consistent? It's true. The lefty has allowed two runs in four of his five starts and tossed a "quality start" in four of his five starts. In the outlier, he allowed 2 ER in 4.2 IP. His game scores have all fallen in between 47 and 56. Boring, consistent Dontrelle. He has been throwing a lot more sliders than in the past, so that's something to watch for.

Rockies vs. Willis AB H HR SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Ty Wigginton 30 11 0 3 .367 .472 .533 1.006
Todd Helton 13 3 0 5 .231 .375 .308 .683
Troy Tulowitzki 10 3 0 2 .300 .364 .400 .764
Mark Ellis 7 4 0 1 .571 .625 .714 1.339
Carlos Gonzalez 4 1 0 0 .250 .400 .250 .650
Dexter Fowler 2 2 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.500 2.500
Chris Iannetta 2 1 0 0 .500 .667 1.000 1.667
Ian Stewart 3 1 0 1 .333 .333 .333 .667

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Reds vs. Rogers PA H HR SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Ryan Hanigan 2 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000 .500
Paul Janish 2 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Edgar Renteria 2 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Drew Stubbs 2 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000 .500
Miguel Cairo 1 1 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Brandon Phillips 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000