Series Preview: Rockies vs. Orioles

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Monday, July 25th 5:05pm: Jorge De La Rosa (6-7 6.07 ERA) vs. Yovani Gallardo (3-2 5.69 ERA)

The Rockies are coming off of a sweep of the Braves and riding high with confidence. They will need all of that confidence as they take on a much different team. The Braves have struggled in all facets of the game while the Orioles are leading the AL East. The Braves had a terrible offense, the Orioles are a top offensive club. This series will have a lot of runs being scored and will come down to bullpens shutting down the teams after the starters have exited. The Rockies will get some more offensive help in this series with David Dahl making his Major League debut and likely his first start on Monday. This game will be between two pitchers who have had their struggles this year and will be an offensive game.

Tuesday, July 26th 5:05pm: Chad Bettis (8-6 5.31 ERA) vs. Chris Tillman (14-2 3.18 ERA)

The Orioles are much like the Rockies with their young rotation and dangerous offense. Chris Tillman headlines this Orioles staff and he will take on a promising young Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis. Bettis has been streaky this year as far as performing to earn the Rockies the win, but he has been good at getting at least six innings. In the month of July, Tillman has gone seven innings in each of his four starts while allowing only one run in each start. He has been hot this month and the Rockies will hope to get to him for the first time in July.

Wednesday, July 27th 5:05pm: Jon Gray (6-4 4.12 ERA) vs. Dylan Bundy (3-2 3.30 ERA)

Dylan Bundy has been primarily a bullpen piece until recently. His last two appearances have been starts and overall he has been effective. He has been getting more extended the last couples of appearances and will be on his loosest leash since coming to the rotation. Jon Gray has been great and excluding his first two starts of the season, has gone at least six innings and allowed three runs or fewer in all but two starts. He has steadily decreased his ERA, shown an ability to pitch at home or on the road, and has the stuff to strike batters out when he needs them. Jon Gray is the ace of his staff and he is only in his rookie season. While he doesn’t get the love that some other young pitchers get, he is very much the future of the Rockies staff and if there is any game that the Rockies can shut down the Orioles offense, this will be the game.

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