National League Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, September 15th
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Rockies (68-81) at Arizona Diamondbacks (74-73), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Jhoulys Chacin (13-8, 3.09)
Arizona - Randall Delgado (4-6, 4.04)
(Sports Network) - Randall Delgado seeks to bounce back from his shortest
start of the season as he takes the mound on Sunday afternoon for the Arizona
Diamondbacks in the finale of a three-game set versus the Colorado Rockies.
Delgado, whose earned run average stood at 2.85 at the end of July, is winless
in his last seven starts. He is 0-3 with a 5.31 earned run average in that
span and gave up four homers over 2 2/3 innings in a setback to the Los
Angeles Dodgers on Monday. The righty was charged with five runs on seven hits
and a walk.
The 23-year-old righty is 4-6 with a 4.04 ERA in 17 games this season, all but
one of those starts, and will face the Rockies for the first time.
Jhoulys Chacin has been headed in the opposite direction as he has given up
three runs or fewer in 11 of his last 12 games and is 13-8 with a 3.09 ERA in
Like Delgado, the righty struggled in a loss to the Dodgers on Sept. 3, giving
up four runs over seven innings. Chacin was able to recover on Monday in a no-
decision against San Francisco, holding the Giants to a run on four hits and
one walk in another seven frames of work.
Chacin, 25, is 4-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 12 career games (11 starts) versus the
Sunday will officially kick off the retirement tour of Rockies slugger Todd
Helton, who announced on Saturday night that he will retire at season's end.
Helton is set to wrap up his 17th campaign, all with Colorado.
"For seventeen years number '17' has been the icon of Colorado Rockies
baseball," said Rockies owner and chief executive officer Dick Monfort in a
release. "Todd will be missed and our hope is he will be a part of our
Colorado baseball family for many more years to come. Thanks Todd!"
The 40-yer-old Helton is a career .317 hitter and has posted 586 doubles, 367
homers, 1,394 runs scored and 1,397 RBI in 2,235 games, all highs for the
Helton's announcement came after the Rockies dropped a 9-2 contest on Saturday
Aaron Hill and Gerardo Parra drove in three runs each for the D'backs, who won
for the second time in six games.
Wade Miley allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings to win for the first time in
over a month. He also had a pair of hits and drove in a run.
"It's awesome to finally get that win, but it was a good team win," Miley
said. "For me, it was just location and they were swinging early and putting
the ball in play. The defense made the plays tonight."
In his first start since injuring his hamstring on July 7, Roy Oswalt was
touched for two runs on seven hits across 4 2/3 innings.
"I haven't really thought past tomorrow," said Oswalt, who fell to 0-6. "Like
I said, I try to go day to day. Sometimes you get a little too far out in
front. Something happens and you never know, really. This is probably one of
the best front offices I've played for. The front office believes in its
players and stands behind them. I'm just like to come in tomorrow and feel
good and make it to the next start."
Helton and Nolan Arenado each drove in a run for the Rockies, who have only
won two of their last eight.
The Diamondbacks swept a three-game set at home versus the Rockies in the
previous meeting from July 5-7 and have won seven of nine over Colorado in
Arizona this year.
09/15 10:23:46 ET
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