Series Preview: Dbacks (44-26) vs. Rockies (46-26)

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Tuesday, June 20th 6:40pm: Zack Greinke (8-3 3.00) vs. German Marquez (5-3 4.19)

The Rockies start a key series against the Dbacks that has major implications for September. These two teams have the best, and third best, records in the NL with the Rockies being in first. Greinke will start the series for Arizona which plays well for them, but at Coors Field things can happen. The Rockies send Marquez to the mound in what will be his third start of the year against Arizona. One start went great, one not so great, and the not so great start came at home. Marquez has struggled recently and will be looking to bounce back into form, especially in a series that is so key.

Wednesday, June 21st 6:40pm: Taijuan Walker (5-3 3.32) vs. Jeff Hoffman (4-0 2.25)

Jeff Hoffman made his shortest outing of the year his last time out, and it was still five innings. Hoffman has been fantastic this year and showing how valuable he can be. With every successful start, Rockies fans forget more and more about Troy Tulowitzki, despite his years of success in purple pinstripes. Hoffman faces Taijuan Walker in a game that likely favors the Rockies. With a tough game one, the Rockies will definitely need to take this one to either tie the series or take an early series win. Everyone is expecting regression from the rookie pitchers in the Rockies rotation, but thus far they have recovered quickly from hiccups and are the main reason this Rockies team has been so good.

Thursday, June 22nd 1:10pm: TBD vs. Antonio Senzatela (9-2 4.10)

Through fourteen games, Senzatela has gotten an average over seven runs per game of run support. This is a large reason why he has such a good record, but it should not be overlooked that he has also pitched well. He seems to be finding his strikeout stride recently which will bode well for when he gets in trouble and needs an out. He is still not a strikeout pitcher and relies more on weak contact to get outs, but any amount of help you can get when in trouble is a bonus. Sending three rookies to the hill in a very key series is normally a bad omen, but with how the Rockies have relied on their rookies, this is a great test of grit and determination for the young guys.

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