Mama always said to respect your elders, and for the most part, I do. But sometimes it’s difficult to do so—like, say, when a 49-year-old pitcher has given up 15 runs and 28 hits (including four home runs) in his last 15 innings. And I’m not talking about a slow-pitch softball pitcher. Those are Jamie Moyer’s stats in his last three starts for the Rockies, resulting in an 8.40 ERA. Final scores of those three contests: 7-3, 13-9 (at home) and 6-5 (at home), all of which went over
the total. Pitching opposite Moyer tonight at Coors Field is Arizona rookie Patrick Corbin, who’s making just his fourth big-league start. To contrast the difference between these two southpaws, consider that when Corbin was born on July 19, 1989, Moyer was in the midst of his fourth big-league season.
True, Corbin is coming off his best outing of the season, Friday’s 5-1 victory over the Giants. But that game was in Arizona. More importantly, the Giants’ offense is anemic. Tonight, Corbin (who has allowed seven runs in nine innings in two road outings) gets his first taste of Coors Field, where the Rockies are batting .298 as a team and averaging eight runs per game. In fact, 11 of Colorado’s 17 home games have ended with the teams combining for double-digit runs. Finally, check out the scores of some recent Colorado-Arizona tussles in Denver: 10-7, 8-3, 7-6, 8-7, 12-4 and 7-6.
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Tuesday’s Result: Spurs (-11 1/2) vs. Clippers (Win)