While the Rockies display a more traditional home/road split in their record in 2012, no team in the majors has as wide a discrepancy in their performance at home (16-10) vs on the road (6-18) as the Astros. Tonight's opponent, Bud Norris, is perhaps one of the most obvious culprits for that split, the Astros ace is a sensational 3-0 with a 1.60 ERA at home in Houston, while he tanks to a 2-1 record albeit with a 5.40 ERA while on the road. The biggest symptom would be the BABIP spike to .360 while away from the Juicebox, which has opponents combining for a .305/.357/.475 while hitting him on the road. So the basic set-up is that we have one of the league's least travel friendly pitchers this year coming in to throw in the league's most unfriendly road pitching environment.
Add in the fact that the Rockies offense finally seems to have some momentum and this is such an obvious train-wreck in the making for the opposition that I, of course, have my doubts that the Rockies can properly wreck this particular train, and totally see the baseball gods smiting us with a 3-2 hairpuller.
Weeping, gnashing of teeth. O why do you hate us so, baseball gods?
Thursday, May 31, 2012, 6:40 PM MDT
Bud Norris vs Jeremy Guthrie
Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from right to left field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 70.