Game time is in about fifteen minutes, so this is going to be quick. First things first: Todd Helton has been diagnosed with an intestinal inflammation. I have no idea what that is, but it doesn’t sound good.
Since winning four straight on the first road trip of the season, the Rockies have not won consecutive games. Last night, they made a valiant effort but came up just short.
Tonight, Miguel Asencio makes his first major league start since 2003 as the Rockies look to even this series against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Opposing him will be 23-year-old Gavin Floyd, the #4 overall pick in the 2001 draft, who has loads of potential but has yet to make a big splash in the majors. In three starts this season, he’s somehow 1-1 (getting seven runs from the offense his last two times out helps) despite a 6.75 ERA and opponents hitting .328 off him. In 14.2 innings he’s walked seven batters, which isn’t good, and struck out nine, which isn’t bad but doesn’t really make his high walk and hit rates much better.
Then again, I have no idea what to expect out of Asencio. And when is Ryan Spilborghs going to get a start? Spilborghs is now 4-for-7 for his major league career. Maybe it’s a small sample size… but what if it’s for real?