Friday, August 5th 6:40pm: David Phelps (5-5 2.65 ERA) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (7-7 5.51 ERA)
David Phelps will make a spot start for the Marlins after being used exclusively in the bullpen this year. Because of that, if the Rockies are able to get to him early and force the Marlins to take him out and use their bullpen, they could cause some trouble for Miami through the rest of the series. De La Rosa makes the start for the Rockies and he will hope to continue what he has done in his last two starts. Both starts came on the road, but De La was able to go six innings in each and he allowed only two runs. Another outing like that would almost certainly lead the Rockies to a series opening win.
Saturday, August 6th 6:10pm: Andrew Cashner (4-7 4.54 ERA) vs. Chad Bettis (9-6 5.15 ERA)
Chad’s unsightly ERA does not tell how well he has pitched this year. When Bettis takes the mound, the Rockies almost always get six innings from him and they have a good chance to win the game. Bettis is by no means a number one or two starter, but he is a competitor who gives the Rockies a chance to win and with the win on Friday, the Rockies could take this series quickly and go for the sweep. Cashner has history against the Rockies and in his career he has been beating up by them. Numerous players have had success against Cashner and going against the Rockies at home he could exit early and the Rockies could get out to a large lead.
Sunday, August 7th 2:10pm: Adam Conley (7-6 3.41 ERA) vs. Jon Gray (8-4 3.77 ERA)
If there was ever a pitchers matchup in this series, this is the game that it would be. Both Gray and Conley are young and at the head of their respective staffs. Conley dominated the Rockies his last time out and held them hitless through a majority of the game. Gray also pitched good when he faced the Marlins, but it was an eventual loss even though he only gave up two runs. Playing this game at Coors will help the Rockies a little bit, but it will still be a tough game to win and whichever team can score three runs could come away with it. If the Rockies can sweep the Marlins, consider it a huge success and a real statement into what this team plans to do going down the road. Winning two of three is absolutely necessary to stay competitive and losing two of three or getting swept will be a huge kick in the gut.