Adam Wainwright has had plenty of outings in the last two months where he looked like the Cy Young contender of old. But he's been unable to go on a sustained run of starts without at some point imploding. On May 12, he gave up five earned runs in 4.1 innings to the Atlanta Braves. On June 1, he gave up seven earned runs in 6.1 innings to the New York Mets. On June 29, his most recent start, he gave up seven earned runs in five innings to the Pittsburgh Pirates. If the trend holds serve, Wainwright will dazzle the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night, but that, of course, remains to be seen.
The Rockies, meanwhile, will be countering with Jeremy Guthrie, the offseason acquisition who has had a rough go of it in his first year in Denver. Guthrie spent most of June as a sort of swingman in Jim Tracy's revamped rotation, throwing three or four innings in the middle of the game after the starting pitcher hit his 75-pitch limit. But today he'll begin the game on the mound for the first time since June 17.