Rockies-Diamondbacks Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 01, 2012
For most of the season, Arizona's Wade Miley has made a convincing case for NL Rookie of the Year honors, but he's had a rough stretch in September. Miley looks to close the season on a high note Monday night when the Diamondbacks open a three-game home series against the Colorado Rockies. It's been an impressive season for Miley (16-11, 3.32 ERA), who gets one more shot at joining five other pitchers - including CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander - as the only rookies to win 17 games since 1986. However, after entering September with a 2.85 ERA, Miley is 2-2 with a 5.90 ERA in his last five starts. He gave up four runs and six hits in four innings of a 6-0 loss at San Francisco on Wednesday. "I'm frustrated in myself," Miley said. "I wasn't locating my fastball and missing down." Miley was attempting to become the first NL rookie to reach 17 wins since Cincinnati's Tom Browning in 1985. The left-hander wasn't much better in previous start against the Rockies on Sept. 21. He allowed five runs and 10 hits - matching a season high - in six innings of a 15-5 win. "I want to just go out and compete, and hope for the best and not put too much thought into (the game)," Miley told the Diamondbacks' official website regarding his final start. "I think that's what's gotten me into trouble lately, thinking a little too much. I just have to clear my mind and go out and compete like I did the first 25 starts." He takes the mound after Arizona (80-79) took two of three from Chicago over the weekend. The Diamondbacks lost 7-2 Sunday after giving up four runs in the sixth. Arizona is 9-6 against Colorado this season, winning three of four last week in Denver. Paul Goldschmidt had two hits Sunday to extend his hitting streak to 10 games - he's hitting .361 (13 for 36) during that span - and is batting .321 (17 for 53) with two homers, seven doubles and 11 RBIs against the Rockies this year. Colorado (62-97) comes to Chase Field having lost nine straight - and 14 of 15 - away from home. It was swept in Los Angeles over the weekend, losing 7-1 Sunday after being shut out in the previous two games. There was one bright spot courtesy of Rafael Ortega, who had finished the season in Class-A Modesto and was playing in the Arizona instructional league when he was called up Sunday. The 21-year-old had two hits and reached base four times in his major league debut. The Rockies, who have dropped 12 of 16 overall, have already surpassed the club record for losses. They haven't lost 10 in a row on the road since a franchise-record 13-game skid in 2008. Colorado will hand the ball to Drew Pomeranz (2-9, 5.01), who went five scoreless innings in a 6-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday. The victory was his first since July 6, ending a 13-game winless streak. "In the starts before I was trying to make too good of pitches. I tried to slow things down and keep it simple and throw strikes," Pomeranz said. "Let them hit it, let them get themselves out instead of trying to throw the perfect pitch." The left-hander is 0-1 with an 11.05 ERA in two starts against the Diamondbacks this year, giving up nine runs in 7 1-3 innings.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Hall of Fame coach: Stephen Curry is the best of all time

Reggie Bush on NFL future: ‘I’m not retiring’

Derek Fisher blasts Rondo over triangle offense criticism

Report: Marshawn Lynch hasn't spent any playing money

Ex-King says he could do 'much better job' than George Karl

Trainer thought Thomas Davis would not play in Super Bowl


Todd Gurley named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

Durant, Westbrook on loss to Warriors: We're not scared

Report: Eagles interested in bringing back Nick Foles

Report: Manning hinted to teammates he plans to retire

Barry Sanders shares thoughts on Megatron retirement talk

WATCH: K-State players storm student section after big win

Fan at Super Bowl 50 wears awesome dual-team jersey

Skip Bayless whiffed badly on Cam Newton prediction

Cam Newton doesn't disappoint with Super Bowl outfit

Stephen Curry to serve as guest drummer for Panthers

Charlie Sheen tweets advice for Johnny Manziel

Cardale Jones predicts he will play in Super Bowl

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

Marcin Gortat fires back at critic on Twitter

WATCH: Kerr told Warriors he was happy to have close game

Broncos could have tough decision with franchise tag

WATCH: Steph Curry does 'Dab' on court on eve of Super Bowl

Another star confirmed for Super Bowl 50 halftime show

WATCH: Wayne Simmonds loses his cool, earns match penalty

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Five outrageous predictions for Super Bowl 50

QUIZ: Name the winning starting quarterback from every Super Bowl

The top six matchups that could decide Super Bowl 50

Seven unheralded players set to make major impacts in SB 50

10 underrated performances in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

X-factors in Super Bowl 50

NHL nightmare: No Canadian teams in playoff hunt

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker