Today’s Matchup – August 2, 2011


Well, I don’t know about you, but I half expected a meltdown last night.

Guess what? We got it.

Jhoulys Chacin pitched an absolute gem, and everything was looking like he’d get his first win since June 15. Huston Street came in and gave up a two-run home run to John Mayberry, Jr., then Brother Rex gave up the game winning home run to none other than Shane Victorino, who I’m guessing was already rounding third by the time the home run ball left the infield.

The worst news? The Giants lost too, so the Rockies dropped a great rare chance to make up ground on them.

Anyway, the Rockies will send Aaron Cook to the mound tonight. That could be good if we get the Cookie who pitched last week against the Dodgers. That could, however, be horrible if we get the Cookie who pitched against the Diamondbacks before that. The Phils counter with Kyle Kendrick.

Hey, we might actually win tonight. Unfortunately Jason Giambi can’t come in and hit three home runs off of him again.

Game #110: Kyle Kendrick (5-5, 3.52 ERA) vs. Aaron Cook (2-5, 5.05 ERA)

Games Ahead: 7
Games Left: 54
Streak: Won 4
Last 10: 7-3
Magic Number: 48

Philadelphia Phillies
Jimmy Rollins, SS
Shane Victorino, CF
Chase Utley, 2B
Ryan Howard, 1B
Hunter Pence, RF
Raul Ibanez, LF
Placido Polanco, 3B
Brian Schneider, C
Kyle Kendrick, P

Games Back: 10 (NL West), 11.5 (Wild Card)
Games Left: 53
Streak: Lost 2
Last 10: 4-6
Elimination Number: 44

Colorado Rockies
Eric Young, Jr., LF
Dexter Fowler, CF
Todd Helton, 1B
Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Seth Smith, RF
Ian Stewart, 5
Mark Ellis, 2B
Chris Iannetta, C
Aaron Cook, P

First pitch is set for 6:40pm Mountain time from Coors Field in Denver. On TV, ROOT Sports will have the game in the Rocky Mountain region, and CSN will have the game in Philadelphia. On the radio, 850 KOA will broadcast the game in the Denver Metro Area, and WPHT 1210 will call the game in the Philadelphia region.