Monday, July 3rd 6:10pm: Luis Castillo (0-0 3.38) vs. Jeff Hoffman (4-1 4.04)
A couple of rookies square off in the Reds/Rockies series opener. Luis Castillo has made only two starts, both alright, but he did struggle with control walking eight. He did also strike out 14 though showing what he can do when he’s on. Hoffman for the Rockies has been great and will likely make for a 1a and 1b combo with Jon Gray. He does need to be great as the Rockies are still struggling. They take on a couple of mediocre teams so this is a stretch of home games where the offense needs to get back on track and the pitching needs to get some quality starts.
Tuesday, July 4th 6:10pm: Homer Bailey (0-2 27.00) vs. Kyle Freeland (8-6 3.84)
Bailey has only made two starts this year and both have been terrible. He has had success against Colorado, but he is coming to Coors and has to face a Colorado offense that absolutely is due for some breakout games. Rockies fans hope those games come now, but the struggle is real and nothing is guaranteed for Colorado lately. Kyle Freeland has been the most consistent of the rookie starters for Colorado and that is another good sign that the Rockies can take this series. The Reds have a potent offense, but what happens will remain to be seen.
Wednesday, July 5th 6:40pm: Scott Feldman (7-5 3.78) vs. Jon Gray (1-0 3.93)
Jon Gray makes his second start since coming off the DL, his first at home. He was definitely the savior the Rockies needed in his first start against Arizona, but unfortunately the series opening win did not result in a series win. He faces Feldman who has been really good for the Reds. He has had some really good starts, but he has also struggled, being hit or miss every time out. The only hope for him is that the Rockies offense continues to struggle, as Jon Gray will be looking to dominate as he has in the past at Coors.
Thursday, July 6th 1:10pm: Sal Romano (0-1 6.00) vs. Tyler Chatwood (6-9 4.41)
It is becoming more and more apparent with every start that Chatwood’s biggest issue is command. He has been walking batters at a career high and when he walks batters, he gets in trouble. He has great stuff, can strike batters out, and get double plays when he needs them, but that only comes when the other team is swinging at balls out of the zone. If Chatwood faces an aggressive Reds team, which they are most of the time, he can have success if he locates even a little bit. However, if batters take a page out of Joey Votto’s book and are more patient, Chatwood may struggle again at home, relying on the offense to take a win away from the Reds.