Schmidt will make his second start of the season when the San Francisco Giants try to complete a three-game sweep of the Rockies.
The 32-year-old right-hander did not attend Thursday’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers due to the flu and took an IV on Friday to replace some lost fluids. He did some light throwing Friday in preparation for this start.
“I’m going to pitch no matter what,” Schmidt insisted.
The Giants ace has enjoyed previous success against the Rockies, going 11-3 with a 3.78 ERA in 20 career appearances, including 19 starts. The 11 wins are his most against any opponent.
In the Giants’ opener Monday, Schmidt pitched very well, allowing two runs and four hits while striking out nine in a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Schmidt threw 60 of his 102 pitches for strikes.
San Francisco is going for the sweep because Michael Tucker connected for a grand slam with two out in the eighth inning in Saturday’s 4-2 victory. Tucker, starting in place of injured outfielder Moises Alou, turned on the first pitch from Rockies reliever Scott Dohmann to erase a 1-0 deficit.
“It’s good to help this team win, especially with two of our big guys out,” said Tucker, referring to Alou and reigning NL MVP Barry Bonds. “We’re getting chances to drive in runs. It’s a matter of coming through.”
“I hope this sets a tone for the starters and gets us back on track,” Wright said. “I think we’re going to be fine. When we’re missing, we’re missing in the worst spot.”
Colorado made a minor move Saturday, trading reliever Allan Simpson to Cincinnati for right-hander Jose Acevedo. Simpson allowed five runs and three hits while recording only two outs in a pair of appearances for the Rockies.