Series Preview: Rockies @ Cubs

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Friday April 15th 12:20pm: Chad Bettis (1-0 4.38 ERA) vs. Kyle Hendricks (1-0 2.70 ERA)

Bettis will look to put up a quality outing in a sometimes hitter friendly, sometimes pitcher friendly park, the historic Wrigley field. He will need to be on his game to hold the Cubs hitters down. With the likes of Anthony Rizzo, Dexter Fowler, Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist, and rookie of the year Kris Bryant, Bettis will be going up against a five-star lineup. The Cubs have started 7-1 on the year and are looking for their best start in quite a few years.

Saturday April 16th 12:20pm: Christian Bergman (0-1 12.00 ERA) vs. Jake Arrieta (2-0 1.93 ERA)

Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta will hopefully be challenged by the Rockies lineup. They are going to need to come to the game with a set game plan and they need to take advantage of any mistakes Arrieta makes, because there are not going to be many. For Bergman, going five innings would be terrific and allowing four or less runs would also be great. You can’t except much out of this game for the Rockies, so if they manage a win it could mean some good things for the grit of this team.

Sunday April 17th 12:20pm: Tyler Chatwood (1-1 4.38 ERA) vs. Jon Lester (1-0 2.77 ERA)

This will be the most competitive pitching matchup of the three games and will be a good (hopeful) rubber match to decide the series. Lester is a great left hander and Chatwood has shown flashes of greatness. By no means are they equals, but Chatwood is certainly one of the Rockies better starters and he has the ability to shut a team down quick and efficiently. Chatwood will need to rebound from his last start in which he was decent, but allowed home runs that cost the Rockies the game. Keeping the ball in the ballpark is imperative, especially against the pitchers the Cubs have because runs can be few and far between.

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