No team in baseball may be happier that interleague play ends
next weekend than the Colorado Rockies.
Having dropped 10 of their first 11 crossover games, Colorado
concludes a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers on Sunday at
The Rockies entered interleague play with a 56-37 mark against
the AL since 2006, and though they still own the NL’s best record
against the Junior Circuit during that time, the AL hasn’t been
kind to them in 2012.
Colorado (25-39), which concludes interleague action against
Texas from June 22-24, fell to 1-10 in such contests after
Saturday’s 4-1 defeat, committing a pair of costly fifth-inning
errors that helped lead to its ninth loss in 10 games overall.
Miguel Cabrera hit a routine comebacker to lead off the fifth,
but he was able to circle the bases after two throwing errors.
“He doesn’t score on that play if someone just grabs the ball
and holds on to it, but young players try to do too much,” manager
Jim Tracy said.
In his sixth full season as a starter, Jeremy Guthrie can’t use
that same excuse.
Guthrie (3-5, 6.91 ERA) has allowed at least five runs in seven
of his 10 starts, and he’s given up seven in each of his last two.
He surrendered 11 hits in only 3 1-3 innings in a loss to Arizona
on June 5, then tied a season worst by allowing three homers over
five innings of an 8-5 loss to Oakland on Tuesday.
The home crowd booed him as he left after the third inning,
sarcastically tipping his cap to the discouraged fans.
“I understand where the boos come from, and like anybody else I
was frustrated – frustrated with myself,” Guthrie said. “I go in
with a lot of confidence into each outing. Unfortunately, it hasn’t
worked out the last few.”
The right-hander is yielding a .328 opponents’ average, which is
tied with Minnesota’s Nick Blackburn and former Rockies teammate
Jamie Moyer for the third-worst mark in the majors.
Guthrie made two starts versus Detroit with Baltimore last
season and went 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA, numbers that don’t figure to
fly against a Tigers team that has won five of seven.
Cabrera also hit a first-inning homer Saturday for the Tigers
(31-34), whose 77-42 mark in interleague play since 2006 is
second-best in the majors to Boston.
Detroit is 7-4 against the NL this season, but finds itself in
third place in the AL Central. It’s starting to get healthier,
though, with Austin Jackson back the past week from an abdominal
strain and Doug Fister returning from the DL on Saturday.
“We’re not doing real good, but we are doing a pretty good job
of weathering the storm,” manager Jim Leyland told the team’s
official website. “And if we get everybody back, shame on us if we
don’t do something.”
Detroit will send Max Scherzer to the hill as he tries to get
back on track.
Scherzer (5-4, 5.76 ERA) allowed eight runs – five earned – in 4
1-3 innings of a loss to Cleveland on June 6, then gave up three
runs and walked five in six innings without earning a decision in
Detroit’s 4-3 loss at Wrigley Field on Tuesday.
The right-hander will be searching for his first career win over
the Rockies after going 0-3 with a 5.48 ERA in four starts. All of
those came from 2008-09 with Arizona.