Friday, April 29th 7:40pm: Tyler Chatwood (2-2 3.47 ERA) vs. Robbie Ray (1-0 3.80 ERA)
The Rockies will return to Arizona for their opening day rematch against the Diamondbacks. They started the season 2-1 against Arizona and made two of the biggest offseason acquisitions look like minor leaguers. They will face Robbie Ray for the first time in 2016 on Friday. This is an important game for Chatwood to come out and regain some traction for the rotation who struggled mightily on the home stand. The Rockies have not had a lot of success against Ray in the past, but their offense has been doing pretty well and should be able to carry that momentum.
Saturday, April 30th 6:10pm: Chris Rusin (1-0 2.45 ERA) vs. Zack Greinke (2-2 6.16 ERA)
It is hard to imagine that the Rockies will have the same success against Greinke that they had on opening day, but Greinke has struggled this season thus far. Chris Rusin will make his first start in 2016 and is filling in for De La Rosa. Rusin has looked really good in long relief and had some success last year while starting. The Rockies will aim for him to go around five innings and then the bullpen will likely take over. If Rusin can go five and give up three or less, this will be a winnable game for the Rockies, but that is a big if with how the rotation has been going.
Sunday, May 1st 2:10pm: Chad Bettis (2-1 3.77 ERA) vs. Shelby Miller (0-2 8.69 ERA)
Miller is the other highly touted pitcher that the Diamondbacks acquired, but he has struggled even more than Greinke this year. The Rockies had success against him in his first start of the season, but his story is similar to Greinke’s. It is only a matter of time before he gets back on track, let us hope it doesn’t start against the Rockies. Bettis, on the other hand, has pitched really well so far in 2016. He is starting to establish himself as a solid middle of the rotation guy who, if he can establish his pace early, has the ability to shut teams down. Keeping his pitch count down and not getting into deep counts is important, and this is a game that Bettis will likely need to go 6+ innings to keep the bullpen from being overworked even more than they have been.