There's been a bit of a lull in baseball for the Colorado Rockies lately, and I've been on a bit of a break from baseball recently as well as finals continue to work me over. If only exams could be postponed due to rain...
Matzek will take on Josh Collmenter in the afternoon's first game. The former enters the day with an ERA of 2.70 and a record of 2-0, but has struggled to go deep into games and is averaging just 5.0 innings pitched per start. If you're wondering what the deal is with tickets and such, check out the link as it explains refunds, ticket exchanges, etc.
Jameson Axford will throw out the first pitch in Friday's game against the Dodgers at Coors. The 2-year-old is fighting back from a scary injury due to a rattlesnake bite and will undergo surgery Monday. "It'll put a smile on my face, for sure. Maybe tears in my eyes, too," said Axford. If you're at Coors on Friday, make sure to be extra loud when a seriously tough kid takes the field.
A brief preview on today's doubleheader. After Matzek and Collmenter square off, Jordan Lyles will face Robbie Ray, who was called up from Triple-A Reno. Nick Hundley enters the day riding a nine-game hit streak, which matches the career-high he set in 2009.
Rockies' top prospect Tom Murphy went 4-for-5 at plate for New Britain, driving in six and and raising his season line to .337/.415/.614 with an OPS of 1.029. Good looks from a guy a lot of us have high hopes for.
I'm a sucker for defensive highlights. The Pirates may have been crushed by the Reds 7-1, but at least they have one for highlight reel. Sweet, sweet play by Neil Walker and Jordy Mercer to turn two. That's the Pirates' 14th double play in their last seven games.
Why can't we have nice things? Greinke hasn't lost a decision since last August 9th, going 10-0 with an ERA of 1.99 in 14 starts since then. I believe the Rockies will see Greinke Sunday? Not 100% sure on that as it's currently 2:30 a.m. and I have a test in less than seven hours I should really be studying for, so I apologize if that's wrong. Only so much caffeine can do for a person.
Power rankings are dumb, but I always look at them regardless. ESPN has the Rockies 19th this week, six spots down from last week's edition. Getting outscored 51-22 at the time of the article's writing certainly justifies that drop, not to mention the team owning the unhappy distinction of having the fewest quality starts in the league. *Sigh*