After Colorado Rockies hurler Jhoulys Chacin had a fairly rough outing Tuesday night, the club finds themselves 19 games back of the smoldering hot Los Angeles Dodgers. The Rockies’ offense did wake from their slumber late in the game, but the Dodgers pulled away with the use of their big bats to win the game 7-4.
Colorado will be looking to avoid being swept Wednesday night in the Mile High City and get a win in the final game of this three-games series within the division. Los Angeles is running away from all of the clubs in the NL West and are looking to put themselves in prime position for the MLB postseason.
Dodgers pitcher Edinson Volquez will make his Los Angeles debut as a starter tonight, facing off against Rockies lefty ace Jorge De La Rosa, who is 15-6 with a 3.33 ERA in the 2013 season. With De La Rosa on the hill tonight, look for Colorado to avoid the brooms in the series finale.
Los Angeles’ historic run of baseball has them sitting pretty with a record of 83-55. Surely, they will be looking to go at least 17-7 the rest of the way in order to reach the 100-win plateau. Based on their steel melting hot play of late, they will have absolutely no trouble getting to 100 wins.
On the other side of the coin, the Rockies are 65-75 and still in third place in the NL West race, hoping to just reach the .500 mark by the end of the season. Even though their year hasn’t lived up to expectations, the 40-year-old Todd Helton is still making his mark as the 2013 season comes to a close this month. The Toddfather made another historic imprint Sunday afternoon as he doubled in order to record hit number 2,500 in his extraordinary career. The feat made Todd the 95th player in MLB history with 2,500 or more hits. Wow.
Focusing on the game tonight, look for De La Rosa to have a fantastic outing, keeping the Dodgers’ fans brooms from sweeping across Coors Field Wednesday night.