Coming off the worst start of his career, Shawn Chacon will try to redeem himself and regain a share of the National League lead for victories when he takes the hill against the lowly Detroit Tigers in the opener of a three-game set at Comerica Park.
Chacon was roughed up in a 13-11 loss to visiting Kansas City on Saturday, giving up a franchise-record 12 earned runs, six walks and nine hits over 3 2-3 innings. The 25-year-old right-hander surpassed the previous team record of 11, which he established on July 8, 2001, against Anaheim.
“I never found a groove,” said Chacon, whose ERA jumped from 3.17 to 4.37. “Some days you get away with stuff, but this was one of those days where they didn’t let me get away with anything.”
Chacon had won a career-high fourth straight start prior to Saturday, but missed a chance to keep pace with Los Angeles’ Kevin Brown as the NL’s only nine-game winners. Chacon’s eight victories ties him with St. Louis’ Woody Williams and Philadelphia’s Kevin Millwood, who pitches at Cincinnati Friday.
The Rockies are coming in off a 15-3 loss in Minnesota which left them winless in road series this season.
Larry Walker homered and drove in two runs for Colorado, which lost for the fourth time in its last six overall.
Walker is batting .345 (10-for-29) over his last eight games with two homers and nine RBIs.
The Tigers have dropped seven in a row after the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep with a 3-2 win on Thursday.
Monroe has two homers, a double and four RBIs over his last four games.
STANDINGS: Rockies - 3rd place, 9 GB, NL West. Tigers - 5th place, 20 1/2 GB, AL Central.
ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Chacon (8-3, 4.37 ERA). Chacon has issued 10 walks over his last 10 2-3 innings. He has never faced the Tigers.
TIGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Nate Cornejo (3-3, 3.11 ERA). Cornejo, the Tigers’ wins and ERA leader this season, hasn’t won since May 11 at Tampa Bay. The 23-year-old right-hander is 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA in his last five starts. His last time out, Chacon did not get a decision for the fourth straight start. He gave up four earned runs and 11 hits over 5 1-3 innings in a 7-6 loss in San Francisco on Sunday. This is his first career start against the Rockies.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rockies - Todd Helton, .326 avg. and 54 runs; Preston Wilson, 15 HRs and 57 RBIs; Wilson and Walker, 5 SBs. Tigers - Dmitri Young, .270 avg., 12 HRs and 39 RBIs; Higginson, 31 runs; Alex Sanchez, 12 SBs.
INTERLEAGUE RECORDS: Rockies - 5-4; Tigers - 2-7.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Rockies - The Rockies are 10-3 this season when RHP Chacon starts. … CF Wilson is batting .439 (18-for-41) over his last 11 games with three homers, two doubles and nine RBIs. … 2B Juan Uribe is batting .355 (11-for-31) during a seven-game hitting streak. Tigers - LF Young is the only current Detroit player who has faced RHP Chacon, but is 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts. … RHP Cornejo was scheduled to start Saturday, but switched places with LHP Mike Maroth, who is suffering from a stomach virus. If Maroth can’t pitch Saturday, manager Alan Trammell says RHP Steve Sparks, a former starter, RHP Matt Roney or LHP Wilfred Ledezma will get the start. … The Tigers have a major league-low 194 runs.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rockies - 8-24 on the road; Tigers - 5-24 at home.
INJURIES: Rockies - 2B Ronnie Belliard (ankle), 15-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (back), 15-day DL; RHP Denny Stark (side), 60-day DL; OF Chris Richard (shoulder), 60-day DL. Tigers - OF Gene Kingsale (groin), 15-day-DL; INF Carlos Pena (hamstring), 15-day DL; INF Dean Palmer (shoulder, neck), 60-day DL; RHP Danny Patterson (elbow), 60-day DL.