Series Preview: Rockies vs. Rangers

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Wednesday, August 10th 6:05pm: Jorge De La Rosa (7-7 5.24 ERA) vs. Martin Perez (7-8 4.33 ERA)

Perez has been with this rotation from the start of the year, but he does have the propensity to give up a lot of runs. During the month of July, he gave up five or more runs three different times. Jorge De La Rosa had a rough start to the year, but has since returned to his typical form. With the Rockies offense going pretty well lately, Perez may run into some trouble and as long as De La doesn’t blow up, the Rockies will likely take a lead to their bullpen. That is where the game really gets put into question however, as they have really not done well recently. Aside from Adam Ottavino, there is no real strong point to this bullpen and they will need the biggest lead they can get.

Thursday, August 11th 12:05pm: Chad Bettis (10-6 5.13 ERA) vs. Lucas Harrell (3-2 3.46 ERA)

Lucas Harrell has only made two starts so far for the Rangers after previously playing for the Braves. The Rockies did face him with the Braves as well and he had a bad start. He gave up seven runs on seven hits and didn’t make it through the fourth inning. The Rockies will hope to do that again and give Chad Bettis a chance to win his 11th start of the year. Bettis has pitched well, but he doesn’t have a single start where you can say he dominated a team. His ERA is so high for a reason, but he still gives the Rockies a chance to win nearly every time he takes the mound. He may give up a few runs per start, but he also keeps the game close and pitches around traffic. This game will once again come down to the bullpen and whether or not the Rockies can finish the game out. Taking a lead should not be a problem, but keeping the lead is another story.

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