The Colorado Rockies and the Houston Astros face each other for the first time in 2011. As frustrating as the Rockies' season has been, the Astros have had a season they will want to forget. They are 33.5 games out of first place in the NL Central and have just 42 victories so far. The Rockies, 60-68, have had a comparatively pleasant season against that.
Brett Myers (3-12, 4.72 ERA) has been on the wrong side of the scoreboard too often this season. The Opening Day starter, Myers last won a game on June 17, a 7-3 complete game victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. In his 11 starts since then, Myers has gone 0-6, but he's pitched decently in many of those starts. He had just one start that was under six innings pitched (4.1 IP), though in five of those starts he did allow four or more runs.
Colorado has not fared well against Myers in his career. He is 7-0 with a 3.47 ERA in eight career appearances against the Rockies. Six of those starts have come at Coors Field, where he is 5-0 with a 3.92 ERA. But this will be his first start against the Rockies as a member of the Astros.
Jhoulys Chacin (9-10, 3.59 ERA) was the tale of two different pitchers in his last two starts. He threw a gem of an outing against the Cincinnati Reds by allowing two runs in eight innings. He took the loss after the Rockies could put up just one run to the Reds' two. Then he followed that with five runs surrendered in four innings against the Florida Marlins. This will be just his second start against the Astros, having taken the loss in 2010 after allowing five runs.
First pitch is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. MT.