Rockies Line-up, July 3 2012

2007 all over again. Mandatory Credit: Andrew B. Fielding-US PRESSWIRE

In the bizarro world that is 2012, Jeff Francis has become arguably the best starter currently in the Rockies rotation. Colorado has only lost one game of the five which Francis has started, including four wins a row. In his last three starts Francis has only given up 3 runs with 9 strikeouts and one walk over 16 innings good for a 1.69 ERA. This will be the 10th career start for Francis against the Cardinals, he is 5-1 with a 3.05 ERA in his career. The Cardinals will send out rookie Joe Kelly making his fifth career start. Kelly is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA and has not given up more than three runs in any of his previous starts.

Dexter Fowler sits again tonight with what is being reported as a sore left lat. Todd Helton returns after getting two games off.

CF Tyler Colvin
2B Marco Scutaro
LF Carlos Gonzalez
RF Michael Cuddyer
1B Todd Helton
3B Chris Nelson
C Wilin Rosario
SS Jonathan Herrera
P Jeff Francis

Cardinals Line-up

SS Rafael Fucal
CF Jon Jay
LF Matt Holliday
RF Carlos Beltran
1B Allen Craig
C Yadier Molina
3B David Freese
2b Tyler Greene
P Joe Kelly

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