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Colorado at Chicago

Venue: Wrigley Field
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The Colorado Rockies finally broke out of their slump in a big way. Whether they can follow that with another good performance remains to be seen as they run into yet another matchup against a tough pitcher.

Colorado will try to keep it going Monday night against Travis Wood and the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The Rockies (20-17) had been held scoreless for 28 innings prior to Troy Tulowitzki's three-run homer in the third Sunday, leading to an 8-2 victory at St. Louis. Colorado ended a four-game slide with 11 hits, matching the total from its skid, which included back-to-back shutouts at the hands of Shelby Miller and Adam Wainwright.

It was an uncharacteristic stretch for Colorado, which has fielded one of the majors' top offenses, hitting .267 and averaging 4.8 runs.

"It's too good of an offensive lineup to stay down too long," manager Walt Weiss said.

After solving St. Louis' Jaime Garcia, who entered Sunday with a 2.25 ERA, the Rockies now must contest with Wood (3-2, 2.33 ERA). The left-hander has wins in two of his last three outings and gave up one run while limiting the Cardinals to five hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 2-1 victory Tuesday.

Wood looks vastly improved from his 2012 form - he was 1-3 through his first seven starts - earning high praise from his manager.

"He's the best starter in baseball, pretty much," Dale Sveum said. "He's figured it out."

Against the Rockies, Wood is 0-1 with a 2.77 in three games. Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler are a combined 1 for 14 off him.

Colorado's lineup also took a hit prior to Sunday's game as Michael Cuddyer was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a neck injury. Cuddyer was batting .319 with seven home runs and 23 RBIs, though Charlie Blackmon - recalled from Triple-A - filled in nicely, going 2 for 4 with a homer versus St. Louis.

The Cubs (15-22) have won four of six after taking two of three at Washington.

Anthony Rizzo had been swinging a hot bat, going 11 for 21 with seven RBIs in five games before an 0-for-4 performance Sunday, though it didn't keep Chicago from a 2-1 come-from-behind victory.

Rizzo and company will dig in against Juan Nicasio (3-0, 4.72 ERA). The right-hander hasn't exactly made an inspiring case to remain in the rotation as he's failed to go deeper than five innings in six outings since throwing six in his first start of the season.

"I need to work hard and keep the team in the game," Nicasio, who averages 18.9 pitches per inning, told the team's official website. "I know they have a lot of pitchers in (Triple-A) Colorado Springs who are working hard and pitching good."

Tulowitzki is a career .204 hitter at Wrigley Field - his worst mark at any current NL ballpark.

Chicago has won 14 of the teams' last 18 meetings at Wrigley dating back to Oct. 1, 2006.

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Probable Starters

Juan Nicasio, RHP
2013 stats
34.1 Innings Pitched 46.1
3-0 Wins-Losses 3-2
4.72 Earned Run Average 2.33
16 Walks 14
25 Strikeouts 34
93 Pitches Per Start 95
Career vs. opponent
- Innings Pitched 13.0
--- Wins-Losses 0-1
- Earned Run Average 2.77

Travis Wood, LHP
Weather
weather image  Sprinkles late. Partly sunny. Cool.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
56°F39°F8mph/SE43%35%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Colorado3rd NL West7485.465172-8 L 1
Chi Cubs1st NL Central10157.639-7-3 L 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Travis Wood
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Young21010.500
Fowler51012.200
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BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Juan Nicasio
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Schierholtz31000.333
Navarro41012.250
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Castro000000
 

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DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 11CHCCHC 5-3Warren Cingrani 
Apr 13CHCCHC 9-2Lackey Simon 
Apr 14CHCCHC 8-1Hammel Iglesias 
Apr 21CINCHC 16-0Arrieta Finnegan 
Apr 22CINCHC 8-1Lester Moscot 
Apr 23CINCIN 13-5Wood Lackey 
Apr 24CINCHC 9-0Hammel Simon 
Jun 27CINCHC 11-8Arrieta Straily 
Jun 28CINCHC 7-2Patton Hoover 
Jun 29CINCHC 9-2Hendricks Reed 
Jul 4CHCCHC 10-4Hendricks Reed 
Jul 5CHCCIN 9-5Finnegan Lackey 
Jul 6CHCCIN 5-3DeSclafani Cahill 
Sep 19CHCCHC 5-2Hammel Wood 
Sep 20CHCCHC 6-1Lester Smith 
Sep 21CHCCHC 9-2Lackey Stephenson 
Sep 30CIN 7:10 PM EDT  
Oct 1CIN 4:10 PM EDT  
Oct 2CIN 3:10 PM EDT