Rockies Vs. Nationals: Colorado Looks To End 1st Half On Solid Note

The 2012 season wasn't supposed to go this way for the Colorado Rockies. They weren't supposed to be this ... bad. At 32-52, the Rockies are tied with the Chicago Cubs for the worst record in the major leagues. After defeating Stephen Strasburg on Friday, the Rockies' offense was stymied by Gio Gonzalez and the Washington bullpen.

Sunday offers one last chance for the Rockies to win before the All-Star break commences. Jeremy Guthrie (3-8, 6.28 ERA) has been much maligned for his performance this season, but after a two-week stint in the team's bullpen he returned to the rotation on July 4. He did take the loss in a 4-1 decision, but he allowed just two runs in six innings.

Jordan Zimmermann (5-6, 2.70 ERA) takes the Nationals in the All-Star break as a winner in his last two games and looking for a third straight victory. In Colorado on June 27, Zimmermann threw seven innings of one-run ball against the Rockies for his fourth win of the season. He then followed that up with two runs allowed against the San Francisco Giants in six innings. He struck out seven.

This game is scheduled for first pitch at 11:35 a.m. MT. ROOT Sports and 850 KOA have the broadcasts.

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