Today’s Matchup – May 28, 2011


Just like yesterday, today the Rockies have a date with the St. Louis Cardinals. Unlike yesterday, today’s date is in front of a national audience.

Juan Nicasio makes his big league debut against the NL Central-leading Cardinals, looking to get the Rockies back on the winning side of things. Unfortunately for Nicasio, his counterpart on the mound is none other than Jaime Garcia. Garcia is 5-0 this year.

The Rockies are now 7-18 in May and are in danger of losing 20 games for the first time since May 2005, when they lost 20 and finished May 15-35.

May has been 2011’s version of the usual April for the Rockies. By comparison, the Rockies were 25-23 on May 28, 2010, when they finished just one game out of the postseason, and currently sit at 24-26. So maybe hope springs eternal.

I’ll be unavailable all day Sunday, so watch for a game preview for tomorrow coming later today.

(31-21)                         (24-26)

Game #51: Jaime Garcia (5-0, 1.93 ERA) vs. Juan Nicasio (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Tonight’s Lineups
St. Louis Cardinals
Ryan Theriot, SS
John Jay, LF
Albert Pujols, 1B
Lance Berkman, RF
Colby Rasmus, CF
Skip Schumaker, 2B
Yadier Molina, C
Daniel Descalso, 3B
Jaime Garcia, P

Colorado Rockies
Eric Young, Jr., 2B
Dexter Fowler, CF
Carlos Gonzalez, LF
Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Todd Helton, 1B
Ty Wigginton, 3B
Ryan Spilborghs, RF
Chris Iannetta, C
Juan Nicasio, P

First pitch is set for 5:10pm Mountain time. The FOX network will broadcast the game nationally. On the radio, 850 KOA will have the call in Denver, and  KMOX 1120 will carry the game in St. Louis.