Pirates have Rockies’ number, host twin bill
For the second time this week, the Colorado Rockies are scheduled to play a doubleheader because of a rainout, this time Saturday against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
The series opener between the teams scheduled for Friday was postponed.
The Rockies’ game Wednesday against the Mets in New York was rained out, resulting in a doubleheader Thursday.
Colorado dropped both of those games, 1-0 and 4-2, and has lost three in row.
The Rockies have more than struggled on the road, going 3-20.
The extra day — 18 hours, really — probably isn’t enough for Rockies All-Star shortstop Trevor Story to be available. He left the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader because of tightness around his right elbow after a strong throw to first.
“On that throw, his arm tightened up as the inning went on,” Colorado manager Bud Black said, adding that Story received treatment Friday in Pittsburgh and told the team he felt a little better.
Story is not expected to go on the injured-list for now.
The Pirates have lost six games in a row but have had success against Colorado — five straight wins and a 22-11 record dating to 2015.
Neither team announced its 27th-man decision for the doubleheader. Thursday, right-hander Ryan Castellani had that designation for Colorado.
The Rockies are sticking with the same order of probable pitchers, while Pittsburgh is flipping the order of its starters.
In the opener, Colorado right-hander Jon Gray (4-4, 3.43 ERA), who was slated for Friday, is now scheduled to face Pittsburgh’s original Saturday starter, right-hander JT Brubaker (3-4, 4.20 ERA).
Gray is 4-1 with a 2.36 ERA at home, and 0-3 with a 6.32 ERA on the road. Against the Pirates, Gray is 1-1 with a 7.78 ERA in four career starts.
Brubaker has lost his past two starts, including Sunday against Atlanta when he gave up seven runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, although he had seven strikeouts and no walks.
“It’s missed locations by a little, and a little goes a long way,” said Brubaker, who gave up three homers that game and has allowed at least one home run in six straight starts.
The Braves’ game was out of character for Brubaker for the most part. He has been charged with two earned runs or less in six of his nine starts.
Brubaker has never faced Colorado.
In the second game, Rockies left-hander Austin Gomber (3-4, 4.56 ERA) now is scheduled to oppose Pittsburgh right-hander Mitch Keller (2-6, 7.41 ERA), the original Friday starter.
After two straight no-decisions despite giving up one earned run, striking out 13 and walking two in 11 1/3 innings combined, Gomber had better luck his last outing.
Monday against the New York Mets, he went a career-best eight innings and picked up one of Colorado’s three road wins, allowing two runs and four hits, with eight strikeouts and no walks.
“I was on a good rhythm, throwing strikes,” Gomber said.
Gomber is 0-1 with a 5.84 ERA in five career appearances against Pittsburgh, one start.
Keller, who has never faced Colorado, has lost his past three starts.
–Field Level Media