Series Preview: Blue Jays vs. Rockies

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Monday, June 27th 6:40pm: Marco Estrada (5-3 2.70 ERA) vs. Jon Gray (4-3 4.80 ERA)

The series opens with a good pitching matchup between Marco Estrada and Jon Gray. Estrada is a veteran and has been pitching really well this year, some might even call it a career year for him at age 32 and in his ninth big league season. Gray on the other hand, is still very young and learning how to pitch in the big leagues. This year he has showed through multiple stretches that he is very capable and a possible future ace for the Rockies. He will need to pitch like that again tonight as the Blue Jays offense is a potent one. It will also be a reunion between Troy Tulowitzki and the Rockies. Tulo harbors some obvious hard feelings towards the organization, but this is a game where the Rockies players need to take that and have it motivate them to win. Although Trevor Story will be sitting this first game with an injury, the other two games Story would love to show why the Rockies felt comfortable trading their star shortstop away.

Tuesday, June 28th 6:40pm: J.A. Happ (9-3 3.42 ERA) vs. Eddie Butler (2-4 6.71 ERA)

Having Happ on the mound going against Bulter benefits the Blue Jays and this is very likely a game that will need to be picked up by the offense. Butler has been good the first time through an order, but has quickly fallen apart after the second and third times. The Rockies really need Butler to put some good starts together in order to stay relevant, but that is a lot to hope for a pitcher that has not shown much consistency at all.

Wednesday, June 29th 1:10pm: Aaron Sanchez (7-1 3.33 ERA) vs. Tyler Anderson (0-1 2.55 ERA)

This is a game that mirrors the opener in that it is two good pitchers going against each other. Sanchez and Anderson are both young, with Sanchez in the midst of his third season and Anderson making only his fourth career start. Anderson still has not earned a major league win despite pitching great in all three starts and it would be great if he could earn a win in this series. The Rockies will very likely not sweep this series, but winning two out of three is possible with at least a decent performance on the mound and the offense continuing to produce. Facing an American League team is always a little bit different and facing an old star player will be a unique experience for many players and fans. Winning two of three against Tulo would be sweet, but sweeping the series and reaching the .500 mark would be the dream.

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