The Rockies begin the series with the 26 and 35 Oakland Athletics looking to avoid reaching new lows, and that is saying a lot this season. After dropping five games in a row, including a sweep at the hands of the Angels in Coors Field, the Rockies are back to 11 games under .500. The season low is 12 games that was reached on May 27th. The Rockies biggest problem has been starting pitching, since their last win on June 4th, Rockies starters have combined ERA of 14.64 over five games. Included in his gaudy number is Jeremy Guthrie‘s 3 1/3 innings performance against Arizona in which he gave up seven runs on eleven hits. Guthrie hasn’t been great this season, but he has been awful at home with a 8.87 ERA in 4 home starts. Guthrie’s high water mark at Coors was his last start against the feared Astros line-up going 7 innings giving up 5 runs on 12 hits. Bartolo Colon gets the nod for the A’s, he enters tonight’s game with a 5-6 record and a 3.92 ERA. Colon has only faced the Rockies once before in his career, earning at win at Coors in 2002, beating Denny Neagle and giving up RBI’s to Gary Bennett and Brent Butler, so really that has no really bearing on the game tonight.
Marco Scutaro and Michael Cuddyer are the only Rockies with much experience with Colon, Scutaro is 6-25 (.240) and Cuddyer is 10-34 (.294) with 2 home runs. Tyler Colvin gets the start in center tonight, he is 6-8 in his last two games with 3 home runs. At home this season Colvin has a .327/.362/.745 slash line good for a 1.107 OPS.
Seth Smith makes his return to Coors Field for the first time as an Oakland Athletic, Smith is hitting .259 on the season with 5 home runs. Josh Reddick is have a nice season so far with a team leading 14 home runs and 30 RBI.