Series Preview: Rockies vs. Phillies

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Friday, August 12th 5:05pm: Jon Gray (8-5 4.26 ERA) vs. Jake Thompson (0-1 12.46 ERA)

Jake Thompson made his major league start a week ago against a bad Padres team and he did not do well. He allowed six runs in 4.1 innings pitched. It was only his first start though and how he does tonight is up for grabs. Jon Gray will look to rebound from a rough start his last time out and he will hope to drop his ERA back below 4.00. Gray has pitched well this year and when he has had a bad start, he has rebounded well. The Phillies are not a great team as they are young and in a transition period, but any young team can come out and have big games. This game will really be more a story of how Gray does and how the bullpen does once the game gets to it. The bullpen has been terrible recently and the Rockies have slipped because of it. This game will also be interesting to see how the Rockies react to losing Mark Reynolds. They lack a true first baseman and a call up is surely in the works, but there are a lot of different way the Rockies could go about it.

Saturday, August 13th 5:05: Tyler Anderson (4-3 3.04 ERA) vs. Jerad Eickhoff (7-12 3.78 ERA)

Tyler Anderson has been perhaps the brightest rookie for a Rockies team that has seen tons of great rookie performances. He holds the lowest rookie ERA for a Rockies starter and has one of the lowest exit velocities in the league for a starter. Eickhoff has been really good this year aside from a couple of bad starts, but he holds the most losses in the league. He has not gotten support from his team and that will likely continue with how well Anderson has pitched. Eickhoff did have his worst start this year against the Rockies and hopefully that same thing will happen on Saturday.

Sunday, August 14th 11:35am: Tyler Chatwood (10-7 3.58 ERA) vs. TBD

The Phillies have not yet decided their starter for the third game of this series, but once again this game will more come down to how the Rockies pitchers perform. Chatwood has been stellar on the road and that should not change for this game, but the bullpen is once again the biggest question. The Rockies have the offensive pieces to win, but whether or not the bullpen can hang on will be the question.

 

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