Monday, September 12th 7:40pm: Tyler Anderson (5-5 3.35 ERA) Shelby Miller (2-11 6.89 ERA)
This has been far and away the worst season of Miller’s career, and contrary to last year, his record reflects how badly he has pitched. Miller has faced the Rockies three times this year and gave up six or more runs twice. His other start saw him only getting through 3.2 innings before being removed. This is obviously a great way to start the series for the Rockies as it gives them a chance to gain some momentum early in the series and hopefully win the series. Tyler Anderson has been terrific this year and while he probably won’t get the rookie of the year consideration he should get, his first year has been absolutely terrific. Anderson is part of the young core of pitchers that will give the Rockies a fighting chance next year.
Tuesday, September 13th 7:40pm: Jorge De La Rosa (8-7 5.00 ERA) vs. Robbie Ray (7-13 4.46 ERA)
Jorge De La Rosa rebounded in the best possible way after his terrible start to the year. Unfortunately for the Rockies, they were not able to move him at the deadline as his value was still too low, but at the very least, De La has solidified himself as a really great Rockies pitcher. That doesn’t mean all that much for a team that has not made the playoffs in seven years, but it may mean something for De La Rosa in the coming offseason. Ray, just like Miller, has not been good versus the Rockies this season and this could mean another good chance for the offense to explode. Winning this series is integral for the Rockies reaching .500 and these first two games bode well for that season ending hope.
Wednesday, September 14th 7:40pm: Jeff Hoffman (0-3 5.60 ERA) vs. Rubby De La Rosa (4-5 4.17 ERA)
Hoffman did not have a good start out against the Padres when he couldn’t shut the game down after an error in the seven run inning. He will obviously want to improve upon that outing and this is a good game to do it in. The Diamondbacks have an offense that can explode for runs, but they have struggled this year more than anyone would have guessed. Taking on bad teams has not been easy for the Rockies, but hopefully splitting the series in San Diego increased their confidence a little bit against bad teams. Rubby De La Rosa was out for a considerable time, but he came back on Friday to make an appearance out of the bullpen. He will almost certainly not go more than five innings, so if the Rockies can get to the bullpen early in the previous two games, they may have a chance to get some of the less seasoned relievers in the Dbacks pen. This series looks good on paper for the Rockies, but the past month and a half have shown that the Rockies do not beat the teams that they should, so this series is a crapshoot.