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Rockies turn to Rusin to try to avoid getting swept

Wins are getting scarce these days...

Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Mariners have been clubbing Rockies pitching the last two days with 18 runs in two games. It's hard to believe that Rockies ERAs are still climbing, but so it goes. Chris Rusin will try to stop the bleeding in today's afternoon contest.

He better watch out for Nelson Cruz, who has been crushing left-handed pitching to the tune of a 1.199 OPS. Rusin is going to have to dig deep to keep Cruz from continuing to destroy the ball. Does he have an eephus?

The top four of the Rockies lineup is growing familiar (Blackmon, Reyes, Arenado, Gonzalez), though Walt Weiss has been shuffling the bottom in largely meaningless ways. Today LeMahieu gets the 5-hole, followed by Paulsen, Parker, and McKenry.

Taijuan Walker is one of the Mariners' top young arms, a hard thrower having an up-and-down rookie season. His 4.73 ERA doesn't look that inspired, especially with a pitcher-friendly home park, but his strikeout and walk numbers are quite strong.

Game time is 1:10 pm. Go Rockies.

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<tr><td class="td-last td-name">Ketel Marte - SS</td><td class="td-first td-name">Charlie Blackmon - CF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Kyle Seager - 3B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Jose Reyes - SS</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Nelson Cruz - RF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Nolan Arenado - 3B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Robinson Cano - 2B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Carlos Gonzalez - RF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Franklin Gutierrez - LF</td><td class="td-first td-name">DJ LeMahieu - 2B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Austin Jackson - CF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Ben Paulsen - 1B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Mark Trumbo - 1B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Kyle Parker - LF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Mike Zunino - C</td><td class="td-first td-name">Mike McKenry - C</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Taijuan Walker - RHP</td><td class="td-first td-name">Chris Rusin - LHP</td></tr></tbody>
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