Friday, April 21st 6:40pm: Johnny Cueto (3-0 3.79) vs. Tyler Chatwood (1-2 3.54)
The Rockies have had mixed success against Cueto in the past. LeMahieu, Cargo and Parra have all had good success while some others have struggled. With the cold weather and potential rain, this game may be a low scoring one, but there is also the fact that Chatwood is pitching at home where he has struggled. Last start out he dominated the Giants, but he was on the road so this start could be entirely different. The Rockies should be looking for a quality start from Chatwood, though at home all bets are off.
Saturday, April 22nd 6:10pm: Matt Moore (1-2 4.26) vs. Antonio Senzatela (2-0 2.37)
Senzatela has been the Rockies best starter through the early parts of the season. This is something to certainly be happy about as they have had some other struggling starters. Senzatela is only in his first year, but he has dominated and is looking excellent, a great sign for the Rockies staff. Another great start is what the Rockies will want (obviously) but they also need to win this series, just to keep up with the overachieving Diamondbacks.
Sunday, April 23rd 1:10pm: Jeff Samardzija (0-3 6.16) vs TBD (Probably Kyle Freeland)
The Rockies miss out on MadBum this series, and next time they see him, he will likely be fresh off a DL stint from a motorcycle accident. So to cap the series, the Rockies will face “Shark,” the pitcher they managed to score three quick runs off of in the first inning and then went quiet. They will look for more of the same, but what they need is another opening day like start from Kyle Freeland. He has struggled his last couple times out with command and getting deep, so getting deep will be his priority. This is a series the Rockies need to take at least two of three games, but a sweep would be ideal.