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Game 66 Preview: Rockies at Tigers

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DENVER, CO - JUNE 12:  Starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie #15 of the Colorado Rockies delivers against the Oakland Athletics during Interleague Play at Coors Field on June 12, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 12: Starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie #15 of the Colorado Rockies delivers against the Oakland Athletics during Interleague Play at Coors Field on June 12, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Colorado Rockies (25-39) at Detroit Tigers (31-34)

Time/Place: 1:00 p.m., Comerica Park

SB Nation Blog: Purple Row

Media: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network

Pitching Matchup: Jeremy Guthrie (3-5, 6.91) vs. Max Scherzer (5-4, 5.76 ERA)

The 33 year old Guthrie spent 8 years in the American League before being sent to the Colorado Rockies in a trade last February. The Baltimore Orioles have gotten the better end of that deal, as Guthrie has been pretty awful so far for the Rockies. He has given up at least 5 runs in seven different starts this season, including each of his last five. He only has a 4.23 ERA on the road, but has also allowed 5 unearned runs in 5 road starts, making the ERA a bit deceiving.

Guthrie has been decent against the Tigers, posting a 3.91 career ERA against them. He has a 2.95 in three career starts at Comerica Park. His two outings against Detroit last season weren't great; he gave up 10 earned runs in 11 2/3 innings but narrowly escaped his 18th loss of the season when Daniel Schlereth gave up a late run. If you are a little fuzzy, this was the game where Justin Verlander was going for his 25th victory of the season.

Scherzer struggled to find his command in his last start, walking five Chicago Cubs hitters in 6 innings of work. He has walked 8 hitters in two June starts after giving up just eight free passes in all of May. He has only struck out 10 hitters in this same timeframe, though 8 of those were against the Cubs.

Outlook

A win today would give the Tigers three consecutive series victories and a 7-3 record in their last 10 games. With the White Sox and Indians both mired in mini-slumps at the moment, the Tigers have quietly snuck back into the thick of the division race.

Today's game largely rests on the shoulders of the offense. Obviously, we can't have a Scherzer implosion -- and a bullpen-saving 7+ innings would be nice -- but this team needs to jump all over Guthrie. There's no reason to let him off the hook with how poorly he's been pitching lately. If he lasts more than 5 innings, that is a problem.

Prediction

Michael Cuddyer continues to torment Scherzer, getting at least 3 hits and 3 RBI off the Tigers' starter.

Gameday Reading:

Denver is breaking Rockies starter Jeremy Guthrie's spirit - The Denver Post, Mark Kiszla
"We are witnessing the emotional meltdown of Jeremy Guthrie, the team's alleged staff ace. There's a look in his eyes. And the look says: Get me the heck out of here."

Know Thy Enemy: 2012 Colorado Rockies - DesigNate Robertson
Today I learned: Rogo absolutely loves Coors Light, so be sure to send him some.

Detroit Tigers could temporarily go to four-man rotation, wait to name starter for next Saturday - MLive, James Schmehl
Prediction: Doug Fister starts Thursday and Jacob Turner gets the call-up for Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.