Posted by FishFF on 14th August 2009
The Florida Marlins (61-54, 4.5 GB NL East, 3 GB WC) look to keep things rolling as they take on the NL wild-card leading Colorado Rockies. The Marlins continue to play good baseball since the disaster in Washington. Winning three of four against the Astros, the Marlins are winners of six of their last seven games. The offense continues to stay red-hot with a club record 10 games in a row with 10 or more hits. Two of the Marlins hottest bats extended their hitting streaks last night, Chris Coghlan extended his streak to 12, while Hanley Ramirez extended his to 9.
The Colorado Rockies (64-51, 5GB NL West, WC Leaders) head into Land Shark Stadium looking to protect their wild-card lead. Fresh off a series win against the Pirates, the Rockies hold a 1.5 game lead over the Giants in the wild-card. The Rockies have done well in the past at Land Shark Stadium, winning eight of their last eleven games. The Rockies are riding Troy Tulowitzki’s streaky bat, in the past seven days Tulo is 12 for 30 and batting .400, including hitting for the cycle on Monday.
Let’s preview the pitching matchups:
8/14/09, 7:10 PM ET
“Game of the Series”
Jason Hammel, RHP (7-6, 4.66)
Josh Johnson, RHP (11-2, 2.92)
Such an important series, and what better way to get it started with JJ on the mound. The Fish need to keep winning series, especially from teams ahead of them. So this will be the game of the series in my opinion. If the Marlins can win the first game it sets them up nicely for a series win or a possible sweep. With the bats as hot as they are right now, it would be nice to jump on Hammels early and let JJ do the rest. Let’s hope its 11 games in a row with 10+ hits.
Rockies: Hammel’s gets the nod tonight for the Rockies. It hasn’t been easy for Hammel’s lately, in his past seven starts he is sporting a 6.48 ERA and is struggling on keeping his fastball down. Look for Marlins hitters to square up on some fastballs tonight.
Notable Marlins vs. Hammel:
John Baker – 1-2, HR, RBI, .500
Jorge Cantu – 2-4, 2RBI, .500
Hanley Ramirez – 3-4, HR, 2RBI, .750
Marlins: Ace Josh Johnson takes the mound for the Fish. JJ went a quality six innings last time out against the Phillies picking up his 11th win. Last time JJ faced the Rocks he threw eight innings of one run ball to pick up the W.
Notables Rockies vs. Josh Johnson:
Troy Tulowitzski – 2-4, RBI, .500
Brad Hawpe – 2-3, .667
Seth Smith – 2-4, .500
8/15/09, 6:10 PM ET
Aaron Cook, RHP (10-4, 3.93)
Rick VandenHurk, RHP (2-1, 4.15)
Rockies: Cook missed one start due to a hyper-extended big right toe. Cook is 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA in two starts at Florida.
Marlins: VandenHurk wasn’t very efficient his last time out, but he did earn the win. VandenHurk made it through five innings of two run ball against the Astros. After a strong showing by Sean West, VandenHurk will need to pitch well with Anibal Sanchez looming.
8/16/09, 5:05 PM ET
Jorge De La Rosa, LHP (10-8, 4.78)
Chris Volstad, RHP (8-9, 4.71)
Rockies: De La Rosa shut down the Cubs for his 8th win on Monday. After correcting a few early mistakes, De La Rosa went on to pitch 7 2/3 innings, giving up one run and striking out 11.
Marlins: Volstad will look to put his last start behind him. The Astros hammered Volstad for six runs over 4 2/3 innings. Volstad recorded his first career win against the Rockies and has a 4.15 ERA in three career games (two being starts) against them.