Series Preview: Rockies vs. Dodgers

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Monday, June 6th 8:10pm: Tyler Chatwood (6-4 2.99 ERA) vs. Mike Bolsinger (1-2 4.20 ERA)

Bolsinger will be making his fourth start of the year and will look to go more than 5 innings for the first time this year. Tyler Chatwood  is coming off of a rough start against the Reds at home, but on the road he has been money. Chatwood has only given up 2 total runs on the road in 33.2 innings pitched. At Dodger stadium during a night game, Chatwood has the elements in his favor and if the Rockies can muster up some offense this is a prime game they should win.

Tuesday, June 7th 8:10pm: Eddie Butler (2-3 5.65 ERA) vs. Julio Urias (0-1 9.39 ERA)

Urias has only made two starts in his career and was called up to start against the Mets in his first career start on May 27th. He has struggled in both starts this year, but he will be making his first start at home. He is a top prospect and much like Jon Gray, he dominated in the minors but has had some initial struggles at the big leagues. I do believe he will be a good starter in time, but much like Gray, it is going to take some time and him struggling against the Rockies would both be a good thing for them and not out of the question. Butler has struggled recently and should be on a short leash. There are starters in the minors that are very close to being major league ready and the Rockies can afford to let them come up and earn some experience this year.

Wednesday, June 8th 8:10pm: Chris Rusin (1-4 4.62 ERA) vs. Kenta Maeda (5-3 2.84 ERA)

Rusin is much like Butler in that he has had some recent struggles and could be the odd man out when it comes to bringing a rookie starter up. With Jorge De La Rosa filling the long man role, one of Butler or Rusin will not be with the big league club if they both struggle. If one manages a good outing it will prolong his demotion, but they are going to have to compete for their jobs for much of the remainder of the season. Kenta Maeda started to have some struggles towards the end of April and through May, but he is starting to figure it out and again and that could spell troubles for the Rockies. He is a dominant pitcher and he was dominant against the Rockies during his April start. Winning two of three of these games would be a great sign, but it would not surprise me to see the Rockies only win one of these games.

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