Thursday, June 8th 6:05pm: Tyler Chatwood (5-7 4.60) vs. Jon Lester (3-3 3.91)
The Rockies just finished a series with the reigning AL champs and will now head out to Chicago to face the World Series champions in the Cubs. The Cubs will send their ace, Jon Lester, to the hill to try and take game one of the series. Lester has done well against Rockies hitters with only Ian Desmond having success in his career. Colorado will counter with Tyler Chatwood. Being on the road certainly bodes well, but there is still always a question of what Chatwood will show up, road or not. Fortunately for him and the Rockies, the team has done really well on the road so having a better road pitcher and the team’s 2017 road record means the Rockies could take the series.
Friday, June 9th 12:20pm: German Marquez (4-3 4.53) vs. Kyle Hendricks (4-3 4.09)
In typical Cubs fashion, the Rockies will play three day games in Chicago. The Rockies send one of their rookies to the mound in game two. Marquez struggled his last time out, but he has shown a good ability to rebound from a bad start in his early career so expect a quality start out of Marquez on Friday. Hendricks has not been the pitcher he was in 2016, but that is to be expected as he has regressed to the pitcher most would have pegged him as. Hendricks is a sinker baller who needs to be low in the zone, so if he starts to slip and the Rockies can punish him, expect another short start from the righty.
Saturday, June 10th 12:20pm: Jeff Hoffman (3-0 2.61) vs. Eddie Butler (3-1 3.75)
Jeff Hoffman gets his first chance in 2017 to make back-to-back starts and will hope to build on his last outing. Hoffman is really looking like the key piece in the Tulo trade that will make fans forget all about the once star shortstop. Hoffman has always been highly touted, but until this year he has not shown continued success. He is obviously only three starts into the season, but there is still a lot of reason to believe Hoffman can be great. The Rockies face Eddie Butler, former top Colorado prospect. While Butler has been good, he has not been going deep in games. The Rockies don’t want to see a player do bad, but it would be awesome to see them tear up the former pitcher, as he was often shelled when he played for the Rockies.
Sunday, June 11th 12:20pm: Antonio Senzatela (8-2 3.56) vs. Jake Arrieta (6-4 4.46)
Colorado did great against Arrieta his last time out, but it was a home game. Arrieta has very much regressed from his 2-15 Cy Young campaign and looks much more like the pitcher that Baltimore saw. He takes on the NL wins leader in Senzatela and while Senzatela has been great, he has also gotten a lot of run support. The Rockies would love nothing more than to sweep this series and to take on a lossless week, but that is easier said than done. The Cubs do have some drama going on in the organization with shortstop Addison Russell undergoing domestic abuse allegations, so this may be the perfect time for the Rockies to come in and strike.