Series Preview: Cubs vs. Rockies

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Friday, August 19th 6:40pm: Kyle Hendricks (11-7 2.19 ERA) vs. Tyler Anderson (4-4 3.42 ERA)

The Rockies will take on the best team in the NL, and possibly the league, when they face the Chicago Cubs. The first game of the series will not be an easy one when they will go against the front runner for the NL Cy Young in the unlikely Kyle Hendricks. Aside from Kershaw who is injured, Hendricks holds the best ERA in the league. He is not a strike out pitcher, but he has still had unrivaled success this year and will go out and try to set the table for the cubs. Tyler Anderson will toe the rubber for the Rockies and try and have more luck than he had in his last start. He was ejected in the fourth for supposedly purposely hitting the batter, but that appeared to be an accident and the quick trigger by the ump set the Rockies up to fail. This game should be a pitchers matchup, but with the way the Rockies got to Strasburg and Scherzer against the Nationals this past series, anything could happen.

Saturday, August 20th 6:10pm: Mike Montgomery (4-5 2.43 ERA) vs.TBD

The Rockies have not yet decided who they want to take the hill to replace Chatwood who has hit the DL. It is possible that the push De La Rosa back, who would still be on five days rest, to give them another rotation of starters to make a decision. They may also give the ball to either Rusin or Bergman as they are the two long men in the bullpen right now. Either way, this pitching matchup does not favor the Rockies and this game could end up hurting their bullpen if they don’t get quality out of whoever takes the mound. For the Cubs, Montgomery is primarily a bullpen pitcher and will be making his first start for the Cubs. He previously made some starts in Seattle, but will fill in and take the hill for his first start in a couple of months. This game will likely have both teams using their bullpens early, but whichever team can get to them quicker will have the advantage.

Sunday, August 21st 2:10pm: Jason Hammel (13-5 2.75 ERA) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (7-7 5.29 ERA)

As stated earlier, Jorge De La Rosa may get pushed back a day meaning Bettis would make the start on Sunday. Either way, the Rockies will be going against an ex-Rockie in Jason Hammel. Hammel has really done well with the Cubs and this year is no exception. Of course playing for a team that gets you runs is always a benefit, but Hammel is just another starter for the Cubs who has pitched really well. The Rockies will need to play small ball to get to him otherwise this game could be a lopsided one. The Rockies seem to play well against the good teams so this series could see the Rockies winning a couple at home, but of course the Cubs are great and they aren’t the best team in the league because they can’t beat struggling teams.

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