Balls, Sticks, & Stuff
8/09/2004
 
Previewing the Colorodo Series
A four-game series will start for the Phillies tonight against Colorado at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies are 2-2 against the Rockies this year and have the good fortune of going against the Rocks without slugger Larry Walker, who was traded over the weekend to the Cardinals.

Eric Milton (12-2, 4.80 ERA) will be on the mound tonight against righthander Jamey Wright (1-0, 2.30). It will be Wright's fourth start of the year. For his career, Wright is 52-69 with a 5.11 ERA.

Tuesday night, Vicente Padilla (4-5, 4.07) will return from the disabled list to face lefthander Joe Kennedy (5-4, 3.95). The Phillies will need Padilla to get back to form quickly in order to make up for the loss of Kevin Millwood to the DL.

Randy Wolf (4-7, 4.04) will face righty Jason Jennings (10-9, 5.86) on Wednesday. Jennings had a great 2002 season for a Rockies starter, going 16-8 with a 4.52 but has struggled to regain that form since then.

The Rockies have penciled in lefthander Shawn Estes (12-4, 5.77) to face the Phillies on Thursday. The Phillies have yet to officially decide on a pitcher for the fourth game as the rotation is in a state of flux with Millwood and Padilla essentially trading places on the DL and in the rotation. However, if history is any indication the starter will be Paul Abbott.



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