The Rockies, who were trying to avoid a four-game sweep at the hands of the Bucs, had Tyler Chatwood scheduled to start. He'll instead pitch on Friday in Arizona, where he had a dominant outing against the Diamondbacks in the third game of the season. Chris Rusin, initially scheduled to start the series opener at Chase Field, will start Saturday and Chad Bettis on Sunday, the team announced. Everything after that is to be determined at a later date.
The Pirates were set to counter with former Colorado hurler Juan Nicasio.
Though it's never fun to not have weekday afternoon baseball, the news is welcome to the Rockies and manager Walt Weiss, whose bullpen is shot after a string of poor starts and a 12-inning game.
"I'm not gonna kick and scream if we don't play," Weiss told reporters in the home dugout before the game.
At least one thing went right for the Rockies this week.