There's no guarantee that he'll get in the game and make his 2015 debut, but Rex Brothers will be in a Rockies' uniform for the first time since spring training this afternoon. The lefty has thrown 28 2/3 innings for the Albuquerque Isotopes. He put up a 4.71 ERA in those innings. He's continued to have issues with control, as he's walked about eight batters per nine while in Triple-A. However, he's also struck out over 12 batters per nine innings. Whether or not he appears in today's game, it will be good to see Brothers at Coors Field again. To make room for Brothers on the active roster, the Rockies designated spot piggy-backer Aaron Laffey for assignment, according to Nick Groke.
"It'll be really good to see Rex. I'm sure that entire clubhouse feels the same way," said manager Walt Weiss.
"The strike ratio has been good. The stuff has never been a question," he continued. "He's in the mid 90s again, his slider is wipe-out. It's just command and he has tightened it up."
So is this a permanent move, then? Weiss wouldn't go that far.
"None of us know if we're here to stay. That's the nature of the major leagues. We're all day to day right?"
Jorge De La Rosa will get the ball for the Rockies. De La Rosa has been effective over this last three starts, each of which the Rockies came out on top. In those games, he's thrown 18 innings and has put up an ERA of 1.50. He's struck out 13 and walked nine. This will be De La Rosa's first start against the Braves since 2013, and it will be just his fourth career start against them.
Twenty-two year old right-handed rookie Matt Wisler, who the Padres received from the Braves in the Craig Kimbrel trade, gets the start for the Braves. He's making his fifth career start. So far, Wisler's results have been mixed. He enters with a strong 3.13 ERA, but he's only had one really good start.
In Wisler's debut against the Mets, who have a terrible offense, on June 19, Wisler threw eight innings and allowed one run on six hits. He didn't walk anybody, but he only struck out two batters. Since then, Wisler hasn't made it past the fifth inning and has either given up a lot of hits or walks. He's only striking out 5.5 batters per nine innings, so there's a good chance the Rockies can get to Wisler simply by putting the ball in play a lot. Wisler throws, in descending order of usage frequency, a four-seam fastball, a two-seam fastball, a slider, and a changeup. Over his first four starts, Wisler's fastballs have averaged about 93 mph, his slider about 81, and his changeup about 86.
Troy Tulowitzki is back in the lineup after a day off yesterday. Michael McKenry gets the start behind the plate, as Nick Hundley is getting the day off.
|ATLANTA BRAVES||COLORADO ROCKIES|
|Cameron Maybin - CF||Charlie Blackmon - CF|
|Pedro Ciriaco - 2B||Nolan Arenado - 3B|
|Nick Markakis - RF||Troy Tulowitzki - SS|
|Chris Johnson - 1B||Carlos Gonzalez - RF|
|Juan Uribe - 3B||Mike McKenry - C|
|Jonny Gomes - LF||Ben Paulsen - 1B|
|Andrelton Simmons - SS||DJ LeMahieu - 2B|
|Ryan Lavarnway - C||Brandon Barnes - LF|
|Matt Wisler - RHP||Jorge De La Rosa - LHP|