Today’s Matchup – June 14, 2011

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The Rockies called a team meeting before batting practice today to try and figure out what’s been plaguing this team. This is their fourth team meeting of 2011, not a good sign for a team favored by many to win the NL West. The point of the meeting was Jim Tracy saying the team has to “start plowing today”. It’s unrealistic to expect a team to pull off a miracle in the second half after putting themselves in a rut in the first half. Tracy also showed faith in hitting coach Carney Lansford, saying that he “leaves no stone unturned” and that players “have to listen.”

As for last night, here are some ugly numbers. The team has lost three straight at home, and has falled to 15-18 at Coors. Those are horrible numbers for a team that prides themselves in outstanding home numbers. After combining with the Dodgers for 102 hits and over 60 runs in a four-game series, the Rockies could barely manage one run yesterday against the Padres. Anthony Bass reeled in his first major league win in his first career ML start yesterday.

Leave it up to to the Rockies to make true blue rookies look like Cy Young aces.

Game #67 – Wade LeBlanc (0-1, 3.38 ERA) vs. Juan Nicasio (1-1, 3.50 ERA)

Tonight’s Lineups

30-38
Games Back: 8 (NL West), 8.5 (Wild Card)
Games Left: 94
Streak: Won 1
Last 10: 5-5
Elimination Number: 88

San Diego Padres
Chris Denorfia, RF
Jason Bartlett, SS
Chase Headley, 3B
Ryan Ludwick, LF
Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Cameron Maybin, CF
Nick Hundley, C
Alberto Gonzalez, 2B
Wade LeBlanc, P

31-35
Games Back: 6 (NL West), 6.5 (Wild Card)
Games Left: 96
Streak: Lost 3
Last 10: 5-5
Elimination Number: 91

Colorado Rockies
Carlos Gonzalez, CF
Chris Nelson, 2B
Todd Helton, 1B
Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Ty Wigginton, 3B
Charlie Blackmon, LF
Ryan Spilborghs, RF
Chris Iannetta, C
Juan Nicasio, P

First pitch is set for 6:40pm Mountain time from Coors Field in Denver. On TV, ROOT Sports will have the call in the Rocky Mountain region, and 4 San Diego will have it in Southern California. On the radio, KOA 850 will broadcast the game in Denver, and XPRS 1090 will call the game in San Diego.