Pitching quietly playing major role in Rockies' rush up NL West standings
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By Peter Gammons, ESPNThere were several times when Colorado general manager Dan O'Dowd was tempted to trade Ryan Spilborghs. The Rockies are deep in outfielders, and teams such as the Red Sox lusted for him. In the end, though, O'Dowd felt that Spilborghs was a major piece for a team that has that something you can't get just anywhere.
ON DECK: WEDNESDAY'S BEST MATCHUPSRangers at Yankees, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN2 Derek Holland has pitched quite well his past three times out, allowing three total runs in wins on the road against the Angels and at home against the Red Sox and Twins. It has helped that, in that span, his offense has posted 25 runs of support. Andy Pettitte, meanwhile, watched the Yankees' offense put up 20 runs in his most recent start. Rays at Blue Jays, 7 p.m. ET Scott Kazmir might finally be starting to turn the corner, and it could not come at a better time, with the Rays still in pursuit of the AL wild card. Kazmir has won his past two outings and four of five. There loss against the Mariners was a hiccup, but Kazmir allowed three or fewer runs in all four of those wins. Dodgers at Rockies, 8:40 p.m. ET Randy Wolf and Josh Fogg meet in the second game of this all-important series. Wolf has won each of his past three starts, twice permitting only one run (in an eight-inning performance on the road against the Giants and over seven innings against the Cubs). Josh Fogg has made 20 appearances this season for the Rockies, but this will be his first start. For the rest of Wednesday's schedule, click here.
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Analysts: John Kruk, Steve Phillips, Chris Singleton
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TOUCH 'EM ALL
Who went deep? Keep track of all the home runs hit each day on "Baseball Tonight" and on the Baseball Tonight Clubhouse page. For more, check out the Home Run Tracker page.
|Home Run Tracker|
|Carlos Pena, TB||37||Cecil||Top 3: 1-2, 1 Out. 1 on.|
|Carlos Pena, TB||36||Cecil||Top 2: 1-0, 0 Outs. 1 on.|
|Adrian Gonzalez, SD||34||Jurrjens||Top 3: 0-0, 2 Outs. None on.|
|Aaron Hill, TOR||30||Shields||Bot 3: 0-1, 1 Out. None on.|
|Jimmy Rollins, PHI||17||Ohlendorf||Top 3: 0-0, 0 Outs. None on.|
|Jimmy Rollins, PHI||16||Ohlendorf||Top 1: 0-0, 0 Outs. None on.|
|Jorge Posada, NYY||16||Millwood||Bot 1: 3-1, 2 Outs. 1 on.|
TUESDAY'S BEST AND WORST
|• Zack Greinke had decent strikeout numbers in his past two starts, whiffing 15 in 14 innings. On Tuesday, he struck out a career-high 15 over eight innings, setting a Royals record in a 6-2 win against the Indians. He broke Mark Gubicza's 21-year-old club record of 14 strikeouts.||WORST|
|• Carlos Zambrano was awful in his return from the disabled list, giving up seven hits, eight runs and three walks in 4 1/3 innings against the Nationals. It didn't get any better after he left, with the Cubs bullpen serving up seven more in a 15-6 loss to Washington at Wrigley Field.|
NUMBERS TO KNOWJohan Santana will have elbow surgery and miss the rest of this season, although early indications are that he'll be good to go again by spring training. Santana joins a staggering disabled list for the Mets. All told, the Mets have 18 All-Star appearances, 1,066 homers and 7,077 RBIs on the shelf. The combined salary of the group currently sitting is $82.8 million, which is higher than the total payroll of 18 teams.
Final three season with Twins, first two with Mets
|Slider usage pct.||13.8||10.9|
|Fastball velocity (mph)||92.2||90.7|
|K pct. of PA||26.5||21.2|
FANTASY: PREVIEW OF WEDNESDAY'S GAMES
Tristan Cockcroft examines the 15 games on Wednesday's slate.Cockcroft ranks the pitchers scheduled to take the mound, and supplies loads of other information that could help shape your roster for Wednesday. Daily Notes