The Rockies week that will be: May 9-15
The Colorado Rockies return home from a 1-5 road trip looking for some offense but still in first place by one game over the team that swept them this weekend, the San Francisco Giants. The Rockies open an eight-game homestand on Monday that will conclude next week with a chance for the Rockies to get some revenge on the Giants in a two-game series.
Monday, May 9, vs. New York Mets (6:40 p.m., ROOT SPORTS)
The Mets will get their first look at (4-2, 2.85), who they missed during a four-game series in New York in April. The Rockies will see left-hander Chris Capuano (2-3, 5.4o) for a second time. Capuano allowed seven runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Rockies on April 14.
Tuesday, May 10, vs. New York Mets (6:40 p.m., ROOT SPORTS)
(3-1, 2.63) and right-hander Mike Pelfrey (2-3, 6.06) will meet for a second time in 2011. In their meeting on April 11, Hammel allowed four runs (two earned) in six innings and Pelfrey allowed four runs (three earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Neither pitcher was involved in the decision when the Rockies came back from a 5-4 deficit to win after the starters were out of the game.
Wednesday, May 11, vs. New York Mets (1:10 p.m., ROOT SPORTS)
(0-2, 5.88) is coming off his best start of the season, one earned run in six innings Friday against the San Francisco Giants, but is still looking for his first win. He will face Jonathon Niese (1-4, 4.44), who allowed five runs in six innings against the Rockies on April 13.
Thursday, May 12, off
Friday, May 13, vs. San Diego Padres (6:40 p.m., ROOT SPORTS)
With the off day falling on the regular turn of the fifth starter — currently (0-0, 0.64) — the Rockies may elect to skip the spot and go with on regular rest. Mortensen is coming off a solid outing in his start with the Rockies, two runs (one earned) in six innings Saturday against the Giants. De La Rosa was solid Sunday but suffered his first loss as the Rockies were shut out. The Padres will likely counter Mortensen/De La Rosa with right-hander Dustin Moseley (1-4, 2.47), who has never pitched against the Colorado Rockies.
Saturday, May 14, vs. San Diego Padres (1:10 p.m., ROOT SPORTS)
The Rockies will throw either De La Rosa or Chacin in the second game against the Padres. San Diego will likely counter with right-hander Aaron Harang (5-2, 4.07), who is 2-1 with a 4.43 ERA in four starts at Coors Field, all with the Cincinnati Reds. Note that the game is a day game, a move that keeps the Rockies out of the national television window Saturday when Fox broadcasts its weekly game in the evening.
Sunday, May 15, vs. San Diego Padres (1:10 p.m., ROOT SPORTS)
Chacin or Hammel will start the finale against the Padres and will be matched against right-hander Mat Latos (0-4, 4.55). Latos allowed four runs in six innings in his only career start at Coors Field.
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