National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, May 21st
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Rockies (15-25) at Miami Marlins (22-19), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Jamie Moyer (2-3, 4.20)
Miami - Mark Buehrle (3-4, 3.17)
(Sports Network) - Miami Marlins newcomer Mark Buehrle is unbeaten in his last
three starts and gets the nod again tonight in the opener of a three-game
series versus the Colorado Rockies.
Buehrle will help open a 10-game homestand at Marlins Park and squeezed past
the Atlanta Braves in an 8-4 win last Wednesday despite allowing a season
high-tying four runs and six hits in six innings. The veteran and longtime
White Sox hurler improved to 3-4 in eight starts with a 3.17 ERA.
The Marlins' left-hander is 1-1 in three home starts in 2012 and did not
record a decision in his only start against Colorado.
Miami ace Josh Johnson was on point in Sunday's 5-3 triumph at Cleveland and
he held the Indians to a run on five hits in seven innings. Randy Choate threw
1 1/3 innings and Heath Bell got the final two outs of the game for his fifth
save of the season.
"It was a good win for us we won the series. That's what we want to do, keep
winning series," Johnson said. "It is a tight race so far, and hopefully it
continues that way and we can just keep moving up (in the standings)."
Jose Reyes was 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored and Hanley Ramirez
knocked in a run and also scored for Miami, winners in four of its last six
and 14 of 19.
The Marlins will also host San Francisco and Washington on the homestand and
are 9-7 in south Florida this season.
Colorado will begin a six-game road trip tonight against the Marlins and Reds
and has lost four in a row, including a three-game sweep at the hands of the
Seattle Mariners over the weekend.
In Sunday's 6-4 loss at Coors Field, Rockies starter Jeremy Guthrie was
pounded for six runs and seven hits in six innings. Carlos Gonzalez finished
3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI, while Dexter Fowler homered for the
Rockies, who got three hits from Michael Cuddyer.
"We have to (turn things around), we're not playing well," Rockies first
baseman Todd Helton said. "You put pressure on yourself to go out and win some
games, but we just have to start playing a little better."
The Rockies fell to 4-14 this month and will send veteran left-hander Jamie
Moyer to the mound Monday. Moyer won his most recent start, a 6-1 victory over
Arizona last Wednesday. He gave up one run in 6 1/3 innings to improve to 2-3
in eight starts to go along with a 4.20 ERA.
Moyer is 13-6 with a 3.09 ERA in 19 career starts against the Marlins and owns
an 0-2 mark and a 5.06 ERA in three road outings this season.
Colorado and Miami split six meetings a season ago.
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