National League Preview from The Sports Network, Game Two|
Monday, May 28th
(All times Eastern)
Houston Astros (22-25) at Colorado Rockies (17-29), 3:10 p.m. (DH)
Probable Starting Pitchers: Game One: Houston - Wandy Rodriguez (4-4, 2.14)
Colorado - Juan Nicasio (2-2, 4.83)
Game Two: Houston - Jordan Lyles (0-1, 5.29)
Colorado - Alex White (1-3, 5.32)
(Sports Network) - The Colorado Rockies begin a four-game series versus the
Houston Astros this afternoon with a rare scheduled doubleheader at Coors
Colorado returns home after a miserable road trip that saw it go 2-4 after a
7-5 loss in Cincinnati on Sunday. The Rockies managed to hit five solo home
runs in defeat, but unfortunately, Colorado starter Jamie Moyer surrendered
four longballs, as the Rockies fell for the 17th time in their last 22 games
"I don't think I've managed a game in 11 years where nine home runs were hit,"
Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
Hoping to change their fortunes in game one the Rockies will hand the ball to
righty Juan Nicasio, who had one of his worst outings of the season his last
time out. Nicasio lost to Miami on Tuesday, allowing six runs (five earned)
and nine hits in five innings to drop him to 2-2 to go along with a 4.83 ERA.
Nicasio did not get a decision to the Astros earlier in the year, but pitched
well, as he gave up just a run in seven innings.
Getting the call in the second game will be righty Alex White, who picked up
his first win of the year his last time out. White beat the Marlins, but was
not particularly sharp, as he allowed four runs in six innings. Still, he
improved to 1-3 to go along with a 5.32 ERA.
He has faced the Astros twice and is 0-1 against them with an 8.44 ERA.
Houston, meanwhile, came back to earth a bit this weekend, as it dropped two
of three to the major league-best Los Angeles Dodgers, including a 5-1 setback
in Sunday's finale at Dodger Stadium.
J.A. Happ (3-4) struck out a career-high 10 Dodgers and gave up three runs
(two earned) in 6 1/3 in the loss.
"That's a first-place team over there," Happ said. "It's frustrating because I
wanted to help win this series but we came a little short."
The Astros managed just two hits in Sunday's loss, as the final seven spots
went a combined 0-for-20.
Wandy Rodriguez will take the ball in the first game for the Astros, as he
tries to improve upon a 4-4 mark. Rodriguez was brilliant on Wednesday against
the Chicago Cubs, as he allowed a run and eight hits in seven innings to drop
his ERA to an impressive 2.14.
Rodriguez is 4-3 lifetime versus the Rockies with a 4.01 ERA in 12 starts.
Getting the call in the nightcap will be 22-year-old righty Jordan Lyles, who
will be recalled from Triple-A to make the start. Lyles has appeared in three
games for the Astros this season and is 0-1 with a 5.29 ERA.
This will be his first-ever start against the Rockies.
Houston took two of three from Colorado earlier in the year after the Rockies
won last year's season series, 5-2.
05/28 11:53:46 ET