The Colorado Rockies’ recent surge has gotten them back to the .500 mark for the first time in nearly a month. With the streaking Jhoulys Chacin(notes) on the mound, they have good reason to believe their hot streak can continue.
Colorado looks for its sixth win in seven games Tuesday night when it continues a three-game set with the Cleveland Indians.
The Rockies (36-36) evened their record for the first time since May 25 with an 8-7 victory Monday, overcoming a three-run deficit with a six-run fifth inning.
Chacin (8-4, 2.81 ERA) has been hot lately as well and will look to win his fourth straight start. The right-hander has a 0.90 ERA and struck out 18 in 20 innings since June 4 in that span.
Chacin allowed one run in six innings Thursday against San Diego, and opponents are hitting .196 against him. He’s 4-1 with a 3.48 ERA in five starts on the road, including 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA over the last three.
“He’s still a little bit new on the scene. But I think those who have walked up there and faced him are well aware of his capability,” manager Jim Tracy said following Chacin’s latest start.
Giambi hit a towering three-run homer in the sixth inning, marking his seventh homer in 52 at-bats this season. Giambi hit six in 176 at-bats in 2010.
“I kind of bet the farm that he was going to throw me a fastball,” Giambi said. “I figured 3-1, be ready to hit and he just got one over the plate. He just left one up.”
Since coming to the NL toward the end of the 2009 season, the former AL MVP’s role has been limited with no DH. However, he’s likely to see more time with the Rockies playing six straight interleague road games.
Giambi is a .316 career hitter against the Indians.
“He’s going to get a lot of at-bats and he’s taken a big one already,” Tracy said..
Mitch Talbot(notes) (2-4, 5.02) will look to slow Giambi and the rest of the Rockies’ lineup Tuesday, though he’s coming off yet another rough outing for Cleveland (39-32), which had won five of seven and had a seven-game interleague winning streak snapped.
The right-hander has lost his last three starts, including Thursday’s 6-2 defeat against Detroit. He allowed six runs in four innings, increasing his ERA to 5.74 over those three outings.
“Very encouraging,” manager Manny Acta said. “We know what’s coming, a few of those balls are going to find their way to the seats.”
The Indians announced prior to Monday’s game minor league hitting coordinator Bruce Fields will take over as hitting coach. Cleveland entered the game hitting .224 in June.
The Rockies have won four straight meetings.