Series Preview: Pirates vs. Rockies

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April, 25th 6:40pm: Jeff Locke (0-2 7.24 ERA) vs. Chad Bettis (2-0 3.33 ERA)

This is a good game for the Rockies to start their four game series against the Pirates on. It comes with Chad Bettis on the mound who has been really solid so far in all of his starts against a much less successful Jeff Locke. This is also a good game to see how the Rockies recover from a terrible loss on Sunday. This game could very well tell the tale of how the rest of this series will go for the Rockies.

April, 26th 6:40pm: Gerrit Cole (1-2 2.70 ERA) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (1-2 9.87 ERA)

Pirates ace Gerrit Cole has just gotten better in each of his starts, but he will not be facing an easy offense going against the Rockies. Jorge De La Rosa on the other hand has not been very good in any of his starts this year. He is a notoriously slow starter, but it is gut check time for De La to prove himself as the alleged number one of this staff. In my opinion, De La doesn’t have a future with this team and should be traded at the deadline, but for that to happen, he needs to prove he has some value to another team. Starting sooner rather than later on the success train is what De La needs and no better time than the present.

April, 27th 6:40pm: Jon Niese (3-0 4.24 ERA) vs. Jon Gray (0-0 9.00 ERA)

The battle of Jon will take place on Wednesday and it is a great chance for Gray to get his first career win. His last start against the Dodgers was a bit of a mixed bag. He gave up some runs early, but regained his composure until later giving up a couple more runs later. He also stuck out a career 10 batters. Building off his success from last start will be important, but more importantly is his ability to command his pitches, get through at least six innings, and prove that he has top of the rotation potential that most Rockies fans believe he has.

April, 28th 1:10pm: Juan Nicasio (2-2 4.50 ERA) vs. Tyler Chatwood (2-2 3.47 ERA)

Juan Nicasio will make his return to Coors field as a Pirate in the series finale against the Rockies most successful starter thus far, Tyler Chatwood. Nicasio has had two pretty good starts in which he went six innings and earned the win, and then he has had two less effective starts in which he earned the loss. The Rockies will hopefully get the less effective Nicasio showing up at Coors. Chatwood is coming off his shortest start and will look to recover from a four inning outing against the Dodgers. He has easily been the brightest spot of the Rockies rotation and can end this series on a high note for the team.

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