The Colorado Rockies are already assured a split in their series with the Cincinnati Reds, but they will look for the series-clincher on Wednesday evening. They will need newly-signed Kevin Millwood to get things done.
Millwood was a good pitcher in 2009 for the Texas Rangers, but moved to Baltimore in 2010 and sank fast. He went 4-16 for the Orioles. He's bounced around the New York Yankees' and Boston Red Sox minor league systems, but neither team was willing to give him a spot in the rotation. Over the weekend, the Red Sox decided to release Millwood, which allowed the Rockies to swoop in and grab him. He is taking Juan Nicasio's place in the rotation.
The Reds turn to Mike Leake (9-7, 3.92 ERA) to pick up a win. Leake's ERA had floated above 4.00 for most of the season, but over his last two starts he has kept it in the high-3.90s. In his last start, he allowed three runs in six innings to Chicago Cubs and picked up his seventh loss. But in his previous three starts, he allowed five runs in 18-2/3 innings (though going 1-2). This will be his first career start against the Rockies.
First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 p.m. MT.