Friday, April 28th 7:40pm: Kyle Freeland (3-1 2.93) vs. Robbie Ray (2-1 3.56)
The Rockies won the series opener of a much needed series with an excellent pitching performance, solid bullpen work, and some timely hits. It put the Rockies back into first and likely cleared the memories from the last three games of the Nationals series where the games just got out of hand. Freeland having a good game was really important to keep the bullpen from being overworked early and taking a win against Arizona is always nice.
Saturday, April 29th 6:10pm: Tyler Anderson (1-3 7.11) vs. Zack Greinke (2-2 2.93)
Simply put, the Rockies need Anderson to pitch like he did in 2016. He has struggled through all of his starts so far and really needs to get back on the right foot. His command has struggled and going against a heavy hitting Dbacks lineup is not the best way to get back on track, but if he does pitch well it will really boost his confidence. Going against Zack Greinke is always some good motivation. Greinke was pretty bad last year all things considered and has returned to form this year. The Rockies are .274 as a team against Greinke which bodes well for this game. Trevor Story has also hit Greinke hard and with his home run on Friday, he may be (hopefully) heating up.
Sunday, April 30th 2:10pm: German Marquez (0-1 18.00) vs. Patrick Corbin (2-3 2.79)
With a series opening win, the Rockies only need to take one more game to win the series. A sweep would obviously be nice, but you take what you can get. On Sunday, the Rockies would like to get a nice start from Marquez, who struggled in his 2017 opener. It was against the Nationals who were just crushing the ball at Coors Field, so hopefully a change of scenery and team yields different results. He goes against Corbin who has pitched well this year on what may end the rubber match.