Series Preview: Reds vs. Rockies


Monday, May 30th 2:10pm: Dan Straily (2-2 2.98 ERA) vs. Chad Bettis (4-3 4.90 ERA)

The series against the Reds opens up with a great opportunity for the Rockies to get back to .500 with a sweep. They have lost four straight series, but they are not facing a good team in the Reds giving them a great chance to get back on track. They have their three best pitchers taking the mound and the series opens with Chad Bettis. Bettis has been very consistent this year in maintaining a good pace and going at least 6 innings. The Rockies are coming off of a rough series against San Francisco so they have to show they are hungry to compete.

Tuesday, May 31st 6:40pm: Jon Moscot (0-2 4.02 ERA) vs. Jon Gray (2-2 5.95 ERA)

Gray is coming off of one of his best start against the Red Sox. He went seven strong innings against the games best offense right now and ended one of the games hottest hitters 29 game hitting streak. Moscot hasn’t made an appearance since April 27th and he has given up three runs or more in each of his three starts. This is a good opportunity for Gray to get above .500 and decrease his ERA further, although neither of those statistics has been indicative of how well he has pitched this year.

Wednesday, June 1st 6:40pm: John Lamb (0-3 6.85 ERA) vs. Tyler Chatwood (6-3 2.69 ERA)

Tyler Chatwood will make an appearance in the game three of the series. Chatwood has been the ace of this staff thus far and has started pitching terrific at home too. Coming off of Tommy John Surgery has been no obstacle for the righty and he has shown what he is worth to this Rockies team. Having a sub 3.00 ERA is a big deal for a Coors field pitcher and although his FIP is at 3.91, he has pitched well and has pitched to contact while maintaining consistency in the strike zone and getting batters out quickly.

Thursday, June 2nd 6:40pm: Alfredo Simon (1-5 9.60 ERA) vs. Eddie Butler (2-2 4.13 ERA)

The Reds send out another sub par pitcher to finish the series and the Rockies send Eddie Butler to the mound. Butler has had some decent starts this year, but he has also had some less than great starts. Depending on how he does during this game, the Rockies may need to evaluate moving Butler back to the bullpen permanently and bringing up either Kyle Freeland or Jeff Hoffman. Both of these pitchers are very close to major league ready and both could have an immediate impact at the big league club.

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