08/15/10 5:23 PM ET
Rox look to overcome road woes vs. Dodgers
By Alex DiFilippo / MLB.com
Starter Jeff Francis was put on the disabled list with shoulder soreness, likely opening the door for Chacin to make his 12th start of the season with the Rockies. The right-hander went 5-8 with a 4.08 ERA before being assigned to bullpen duties when starter Jorge De La Rosa returned from the disabled list.
Chacin was strong out of the bullpen, but in the end, the coaching staff believed it to be more beneficial to send him to Triple-A Colorado Springs to be a starter. He sports a 3-2 record with a 1.51 ERA with the Sky Sox this season.
"We're hopeful of the fact that if everything goes according to plan, and we have no setbacks, that Jhoulys Chacin will be the guy starting on Tuesday in Jeff's place," Tracy said.
Chacin displayed good stuff when starting for the Rockies. At times he even looked as good as Aaron Cook and Francis. Tuesday's likely start will mark his first since July 2, where he gave up five runs (three earned) in six innings.
Chacin's start will be yet another time when the Rockies will need to lean on the younger players in the organization to step up and get the job done.
"I've talked an awful lot about how much I enjoy Spring Training, how much I keep my finger on the pulse of our Minor League system and what's going on there and use that," Tracy said. "Those people there, at some point in time, are going to make a contribution to the success of this Major League club. There are more than a few of them ... that will come here and make a contribution to the success of this Major League club.
"Esmil Rogers, Jhoulys Chacin, Jonathan Herrera -- maybe we've pushed it a little faster than we wanted to, or maybe we've seen a little too much of it, but those three guys are three of our young players that, had they not made the contribution they've made, we wouldn't be 60-56. We'd be a heck of a lot worse."
The Rockies' bats will try and give Chacin some support, but it won't be easy against Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw. The southpaw struggled two starts ago, allowing six earned runs through six innings. He rebounded well in his last start, tossing 6 2/3 innings and surrendering two runs in a no-decision. He attacked hitters and threw first pitch strikes to 19 of the 28 batters he faced.
On Tuesday, Kershaw will look for his first victory since July 25. It will mark the fifth time in the Rockies' last six games that they will face a lefty. Colorado is 26-19 in games started by opposing southpaws.
Kershaw is 2-0 against the Rockies this season, including an outing on May 9, when he outdueled ace Ubaldo Jimenez by allowing two hits and striking out nine in eight shutout innings.
Dodgers: Furcal could rehab with Ramirez
Shortstop Rafael Furcal has made enough improvement from a lower back strain that he should join Manny Ramirez on a Minor League rehab assignment this week.
Manager Joe Torre said both Ramirez and Furcal will be reevaluated by the club's medical staff Tuesday and noted that Furcal's rehab stint will likely be shorter than Ramirez's.
Furcal is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday. He participated in batting practice Saturday, and ran aggressively in the outfield under the direction of trainer Stan Conte on Sunday, as the team didn't take batting practice.
"If Raffy can do everything around the bag that a shortstop does, I don't think hitting will be an issue," Torre said.
Furcal is hitting .316 with 20 doubles, five triples and eight home runs in 76 games. If the season ended today, his batting average would be the second-highest of his 11-year big league career -- trailing only his average in 2008, when he hit .357, but only played in 36 games for the Dodgers after undergoing back surgery.
Rockies: Road woes worrisome
It's an understatement to say the Rockies struggle on the road. For one reason or another, they look like a completely different team.
The club is 38-20 at home, but 23-36 on the road. The Rockies have never had a winning road trip this year, and if they want a shot at the Wild Card, they are going to have to turn it around away from Coors Field.
The Rockies have scored a National League-high 329 runs at home, while only scoring 223 on the road, good for 14th in the NL.
"I'm starting to think the law of averages is going to go into effect and we're going to start scoring tons of runs on the road," pitcher Huston Street said.
Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez is hitting 29-for-71 (.408) in his last 16 games with eight homers, 17 RBIs, and 19 runs. No other player in the Majors has as many hits, homers or runs in the last 15 games. ... The Rockies' Todd Helton is a double away from tying Garret Anderson and Ed Delahanty for 38th on the all-time list. He has 521. ... Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez took a no-decision in Sunday's walk-off victory over Milwaukee, and is still one game shy of setting the club's single-season win record (18). ... The Dodgers' outfield rotation of Matt Kemp, Andre Either, Jay Gibbons and Scott Podsednik combined to hit .375 (33-of-88) on the Dodgers' most recent road trip with two homers and 14 RBIs. ... After going 0-for-3 on Monday, Podsednik's 12-game hitting streak was snapped. Still, he is batting .358 (19-for-53) with eight runs scored during that stretch. ... Ryan Theriot is batting .305 (18-for-59) with 11 runs scored since being acquired from the Cubs at the Trade Deadline. He also has 38 multihit games, which ranked sixth in the National League entering Monday.
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