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.
#48 / Pitcher / Colorado Rockies
Aug 14, 1985
|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.
#50 / Pitcher / Cincinnati Reds
Jan 12, 1982
|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|
|Reds vs. Rogers||PA||H||HR||SO||BA||OBP||SLG||OPS|