Monday, Jul 2, 2012, 6:15 PM MDT
#88 / Pitcher / Colorado Rockies
Sep 14, 1984
#26 / Pitcher / St. Louis Cardinals
Oct 04, 1978
Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to center field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 95.
This is one of those matchups that's either going to be "Kyle Lohse Throws No Hitter, Cards Win 4-0" or it's going to be "Outman stymies Cardinals for 7 shutout innings on 78 pitches, Rockies win 8-1". When the pitching matchup is just so blatantly obviously skewed one way or another, that's when baseball decides to get really silly and let Phil Humber throw a perfect game.
This is going to be a very challenging matchup for the Rockies. Lohse has historically put up decent numbers against the Rockies (3.51 ERA, .728 OPS), but in 2011 he allowed all of 3 runs in 12 innings over 2 starts against Colorado, and pitched a 7-inning shutout start in 2010.
Outman, on the other hand, pretty much stinks, and has a good team to try and keep at bay. A good start here will go a LONG way at regaining some good graces for Outman.
From the Rockies press material, it's more Fowler love:
Dexter Fowler was the lone Rockies player to collect multiple hits yesterday, as he finished the day 2-for-4 with a triple...the triple was Fowler's 9th of the season, and 48th of his career...Fowler leads the Major Leagues in triples this season...Fowler is also now just one triple shy of tying Neifi Perez (49 triples) for the most triples in Rockies history...Fowler (479 games, 1,607 at bats) has collected his 48 triples in 189 fewer games and 1,121 fewer at bats than it took Perez (668 games, 2,728 at bats) to collect his 49 triples.
Lineups after the jump. We'll have autoposted overflows today at 7:00PM and 8:30PM