Wilin Rosario homered and singled Tuesday against the Cubs, but he wasn’t able to record his fifth straight three-hit game before rain got the game called after 6 1/2 innings.
Rosario did have four at-bats, so it’s not as though the rain completely robbed him. However, he likely would have had one more at-bat had the game gone nine. The Rockies were leading 10-5 when the game ended.
Rosario was trying to become the first player since George Brett in 1976 to record five straight three-hit games. Brett actually had six in a row from May 13-18. No one since has had more than four in a row. Torii Hunter was the last to accomplish that earlier this year.
Rosario raised his average from .253 to .276 by going 14-for-21 over his last five games. The rookie catcher is now up to 27 homers this season.
I hope you don’t have any plans tonight at around 10PM Eastern time, because that’s when we get a pitching matchup for the ages as Max Scherzer will take on Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium. When they meet tonight it will be the first time two pitchers with three or more Cy Young Awards have matched up since 2006. That year, and in 2005 and 2000, Roger Clemens faced Greg Maddux. In 2001 Clemens faced Pedro Martinez.
Kershaw won his hardware in 2011, 2013 and 2014, with an MVP award in 2014 to boot. Scherzer collected trophies in 2013, 2016 and 2017. Each has started the 2018 season in Cy Young form. Kershaw is 1-2, but that record is due to poor run support. He has a 1.73 ERA and has struck out 31 batters and has walked only three in 26 innings. Scherzer is 3-1 with a 1.33 ERA and a whopping 38 strikeouts to only 4 walks in 27 innings.
This will be the third time that Kershaw and Scherzer faced each other if you include the playoffs. The first meeting was a decade ago when both were rookies. They most recently faced off in Game 1 of the 2016 NLDS, way back when Scherzer only had one Cy Young Award to his credit. Kershaw beat Scherzer in that playoff game and the Dodgers beat Scherzer’s teams in the two regular season matchups, with neither guy setting the world on fire. As so often happens in baseball, the hype hasn’t been matched by reality.
Still, there’s always a chance it will. And even if, in the end, this turns into a slugfest, the first couple of innings should at least give us some hope of something good. I’ll be watching.