Today’s Matchup – August 11, 2011

By Editorial Staff

Another game, another heartbreaking loss.

Aaron Cook looked good to start the game, but imploded in the sixth inning before Edgmer Escalona came in an pitched 2.1 innings of spotless baseball, only allowing one walk.

So who exactly burned the Rockies? The usual suspects. Matt Holliday, Albert Pujols, and Lance Berkman. Oh, and Kyle Lohse also had an RBI, Really, Aaron Cook?

Bad news – it’s not going to get much better today.

Good news – the Rockies are kicking the tires on Phillies’ reliever JC Romero. Romero has posted an ERA of 3.86 and a whip of 1.71 in 24 games (16 innings) this year.

Game #121: Jason Hammel (6-11 5.14 ERA) vs. (Jaime Garcia 10-5, 3.23 ERA)

Games Back: 11.5 (NL West), 15.5 (Wild Card)
Games Left: 42
Streak: Lost 3
Last 10: 4-6
Elimination Number: 32

Colorado Rockies
Eric Young, Jr., LF
Dexter Fowler, CF
Carlos Gonzalez, RF
Troy Tulowitzki, SS
Todd Helton, 1B
Eliezer Alfonzo, C
Mark Ellis, 2B
Chris Nelson, 3B
Jason Hammel, P

Games Back: 4 (NL Central),  6 (Wild Card)
Games Left: 43
Streak: Won 2
Last 10: 7-3
Elimination Number: 40

St. Louis Cardinals
Rafael Furcal, SS
John Jay, CF
Albert Pujols, 1B
Matt Holliday, LF
Lance Berkman, RF
David Freese, 3B
Yadier Molina, C
Ryan Theriot, 2B
Jaime Garcia, P

First pitch is set for 5:15pm Mountain time from Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. On TV, ROOT Sports will broadcast the game in the Rocky Mountain region, and Fox Sports Missouri will broadcast the game in the Missouri region. On the radio, 850 KOA will have the call in the Denver metro area, and KMOX 1120 will have the game in the St. Louis area.