Series Preview: Cubs (16-15) vs. Rockies (20-12)


Monday, May 8th 6:40pm: Jake Arrieta (4-1 4.63) vs. Antonio Senzatela (4-1 2.84)

The day after the Cubs played an 18 inning game, they have to come out to Colorado to play the red hot Rockies for a three game set. The Rockies will send three rookies to the mound and are riding high on confidence after taking two of three from the Dbacks. The series opener sees a couple of righties take the mound, but the Rockies have the advantage coming into the game well rested and ready to beat down a tired Cubs team. Arrieta has done well against the Rockies lineup in his career, but he has struggled early on this year despite a good record. The Cubs have given Arrieta run support in most of his games, but coming on the back of 18 innings is hard to do.

Tuesday, May 9th 6:40pm: John Lackey (2-3 5.14) vs. Kyle Freeland (3-1 2.65)

A veteran righty will square off against a rookie lefty for the second game of the series on Tuesday night. Freeland has come into his own in his last few games and is confident in his abilities. The Cubs lineup is definitely potent and has the ability to load up on runs, especially with last years MVP Kris Bryant leading the charge, but Freeland has the stuff to make it through this outing with a win. Facing John Lackey is something the Rockies have done well in the past, though he is a veteran pitcher and could come out with a solid game plan to win. This game is up in the air, but if Cargo can get hot in this series then the Rockies could get carried through it, though there are plenty of other players who could do that for either team.

Wednesday, May 10th 1:10pm: Kyle Hendricks (2-1 3.51) vs. German Marquez (0-2 7.31)

Hendricks has probably been the Cubs best starter behind Jon Lester, but he has not pitched as well as he did last year for the Cubs. He closes out the series against Marquez who was able to calm down after struggling through the start of the game his last time out. The Rox will hope for Hendricks sinker to not be sinking otherwise they could be in trouble in the series finale. The Rockies need to keep up their pace of winning series to stay ahead of the Dodgers, but with the way they have been playing it looks entirely possible.

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