The Colorado Rockies will trot their 12th starting pitcher of the season to the mound on Wednesday when they play their series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals.
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Now would seem an appropriate moment to point out that it is not even July 1st yet. A healthy version of the Colorado Rockies might not have been a contending team, but we can definitely say we don’t know one way or another because this is just absurd.
Just when you thought Christian Friedrich starting a game this weekend was the rock bottom in terms of desperation, the Rockies were forced to dig one level lower. Yohan Flande will make his big league debut on Wednesday as the Rockies take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the rubber match of their three game series.
"Flande made five Spring Training appearances for the Rockies with strong numbers — one run allowed on six hits in six innings.“He only made a few outings for us, but there’s some deception,” Weiss said. “He’s a bit of a left-handed slinger, and he has shown the ability to get ground balls. That’s what I remember about him.”"
That certainly creates an interesting dynamic as the Rockies try to snag a somewhat unexpected series victory at home over the Cardinals. Flande has been steady though unspectacular in Colorado Springs thus far this season: in 71 innings he has posted a 4.42 ERA to go along with a 1.51 WHIP and a 6.6 K/9 mark.
If you think that sounds like a guy who might get roughed up by the Cardinals on Wednesday, you might be right. Then again, Flande’s stuff does profile well for success, and baseball can be a strange game, so who knows? All we can do is cheer for Flande and hope that the 12th time is different for the Rockies’ rotation.