National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, May 26th
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Rockies (27-23) at Philadelphia Phillies (21-26), 5:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Jhoulys Chacin (0-3, 4.76)
Philadelphia - Kyle Kendrick (0-5, 4.53)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Colorado Rockies will try not to slip any further
down the NL West standings when they open a three-game series against the
Philadelphia Phillies Monday at Citizens Bank Park.
The Giants are five games behind the San Francisco Giants for the division
lead and lost two of three meetings with the Atlanta Braves this weekend. In
Sunday's 7-0 rout at Turner Field, Rockies starting pitcher Franklin Morales
was touched for five runs in 4 2/3 innings to take the loss.
Morales allowed three home runs and dropped to 3-4 on the season.
Michael Cuddyer had one of the four hits for Colorado.
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was back in the lineup Sunday after missing
three games with a finger injury and went 0-for-4. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki
was 0-for-3 and left the game after tweaking his left ankle on a backswing in
the top of the eighth inning. He had his ankle wrapped in ice after the game.
"I'm OK," Tulowitzki said. "My backswing hit my foot. I think I'm all right."
Tulowitzki should be in the lineup Monday and leads the majors with a .375
Colorado will also visit Cleveland on this nine-game sojourn.
Jhoulys Chacin draws the start for Colorado and is 0-3 in four appearances
with a 4.76 earned run average. Chacin dropped his second straight outing in
last Wednesday's 5-1 setback to San Francisco and gave up three runs in 5 2/3
innings. He has allowed three runs or more three times already this season.
Chacin has faced Philadelphia six times (4 starts) in his career, going 2-0
with a solid 1.45 ERA.
The right-handed Chacin will try to duplicate what Los Angeles Dodgers veteran
Josh Beckett did on Sunday. Beckett fired a no-hitter against the Phillies and
struck out six with three walks. He retired 23 straight at one point.
The Phillies hadn't been held hitless since April 16, 1978 in a 5-0 loss at
St. Louis with Bob Forsch earning the victory.
"He had real good stuff right down to the final batter," Phillies manager Ryne
Sandberg said of Beckett. "Our best hitter not swinging at the last two
strikes is an indicator right there."
Philadelphia gave up 11 hits in the 6-0 loss and lost for the fourth time in
five tries since winning three in a row. A.J. Burnett started for the Phils
and was dealt the loss for permitting six runs, four of which were earned, and
all 11 hits over seven innings.
Prior to the contest, the Phillies placed third baseman Cody Asche on the 15-
day disabled list with a hamstring issue and recalled reliever Justin De
Fratus from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The Phils, who will also host the New York Mets on this 11-game homestand,
hope Kyle Kendrick can find the win column when he takes the mound Monday.
Kendrick has an 0-5 mark and a 4.53 ERA in nine starts and previously toed the
rubber in a 14-5 setback at Miami last Wednesday. He was hit for six runs in 5
2/3 innings, falling to 0-10 with a 5.11 ERA in 15 starts since Aug. 11, 2013.
Kendrick, a right-hander, is winless (0-3) in four home starts and 3-3 with a
5.43 ERA in 12 career matchups (11 starts) with the Rockies.
In other pitching news for the Phillies, closer Jonathan Papelbon needs one
more save for 300 in his career. He will eventually tie Hall of Famer Bruce
Sutter and Jason Isringhausen for 24th on the all-time list.
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins is 15 hits shy of passing Mike Schmidt (2,234) for
the most on the club's all-time list.
Philadelphia lost two of three at Colorado back in April and are 8-2 in the
last 10 meetings between the clubs at Citizens Bank Park.
05/26 10:24:04 ET