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Game 100 Preview: Koehler vs. Pomeranz

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Drew Pomeranz has been awful in all three of his major league starts so far this season, but tonight's matchup against the Miami Marlins offers an opportunity to turn things around.

Doug Pensinger

Every once in a while you get a really interesting pitching matchup in baseball. Usually it's because you have a top notch starter facing off against one of the best offenses in the game. Tonight is not one of those nights.

Instead, this game is going to feature a battle of futility. On the mound for the Rockies tonight will be Drew Pomeranz, a pitcher who has failed to go more than 4.1 innings at the major league level this season, has walked more batters than he's struck out, has seen opponents hit to the tune of a 1.142 OPS against him, and is coming off another abysmal start in Tulsa last Tuesday in which he gave up seven runs.


Drew Pomeranz

#13 / Pitcher / Colorado Rockies

6-5

240

R

L

Nov 22, 1988


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2013 - Drew Pomeranz 0-3 3 3 0 0 0 0 12.1 19 12 12 3 14 11 8.76 2.68

Normally, this would spell disaster for the Rockies ability to prevent runs. However, tonight Pomeranz will be facing a Marlins lineup that has failed to score a run over their last 37 innings. As a team, the Marlins have just a .230 batting average, a .289 OBP, a .623 OPS, and a 70 wRC+. Even Giancarlo Stanton's numbers are down significantly this season, although he still owns a 1,587 OPS with six home runs in seven games at Coors Field. If there was ever a start where Pomeranz should be able to take a step in the right direction (on paper anyway), it would be this one.

For the Rockies, getting a win in a Pomeranz start would go a long way in their quest to take at least three out of four games in this home series against their expansion brothers. Anybody can beat anybody else on any given day in baseball, but if the Rockies are going to make a run at this division, winning series at home against a teams with a losing record is almost a must.

Lineups

Marlins

1. Adeiny Hechavarria (R) SS

2. Ed Lucas (R) 1B

3. Giancarlo Stanton (R) RF

4. Marcell Ozuna (R) CF

5. Placido Polanco (R) 3B

6. Donovan Solano (R) 2B

7. Justin Ruggiano (R) LF

8. Jeff Mathis (R) C

9. Tom Koehler (R) P

Rockies

1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF

2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B

3. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF

4. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS

5. Michael Cuddyer (R) RF

6. Todd Helton (L) 1B

7. Wilin Rosario (R) C

8. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B

9. Drew Pomeranz (R) P