Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey takes the mound for Friday's series opener and will try to move past a messy outing against St. Louis in his last start. Bailey lasted just three innings, allowing five runs (four earned) in a 6-4 loss to the Cardinals. Against Colorado, Bailey is 0-2 with a 7.23 ERA. In his last start against the Rockies, he took a no-decision, allowing five earned runs in three innings of a game that featured a 94-minute rain delay. He did not return after the delay and the Reds lost, 10-7. Bailey struggled to get hitters out when ahead in the count -- four of the six hits he allowed came when the count was 0-2 or 1-2. "That was 90 percent of it right there," Bailey said. "Most of the hits they got, we were in either 0-2 or 1-2 and I couldn't put them away." Rockies: Injuries ending seasons
Two Rockies are out for the season, a blow somewhat softened because Colorado is out of the playoff picture. Outfielder Ryan Spilborghs reinjured his right foot on Monday, leading Tracy to shut him down. Second baseman Jonathan Herrera will also miss the rest of the season with fractured index and little fingers on his right hand. He was hurt when his hand was slammed in a door, but Tracy said the injury won't require surgery. Catcher Jose Morales has been on the 60-day disabled list since June 17 with a fractured right thumb and will also miss the rest of the season. One other injured Colorado player, Todd Helton, could be back in time for Friday's series opener with the Reds. Helton has been out with a stiff back and has missed the last four games. Worth noting
Jhoulys Chacin will make his third career start against the Reds on Friday. He took the loss earlier this season, even though he allowed just two runs in an eight-inning complete game, as Colorado lost 2-1. Reds infielder Scott Rolen was back with the team on Tuesday, but will not travel along to Colorado in order to attend funeral services for a family member who died last weekend.