Series Preview: White Sox (37-47) vs. Rockies (50-38)

Friday, July 7th 6:40pm: Derek Holland (5-8 4.52) vs. German Marquez (5-4 4.41)

Derek Holland has been hit or miss and the White Sox have been less than good. With that being said, this is a series that has no guarantees as the Rockies offense is in a very real slump right now that just doesn’t have any clear end in sight. With a rookie pitcher on the mound and a faulty bullpen, the All-Star break cannot come soon enough and even taking one win in this series would be good. Obviously the offense would love to get going before the break, but even putting up one game of seven runs would be a welcome sight.

Saturday, July 8th 7:10pm: Jose Quintana (4-8 4.45) vs. Jeff Hoffman (5-1 4.01)

This could be an early audition for Jose Quintana who may be a trade candidate come the deadline. The Rockies had discussions in the offseason with the possibility of acquiring Quintana, but nothing came to fruition and the Rockies are probably glad of that. Quintana has not been great, especially compared to his 2016 season, but he has improved lately after a pretty atrocious May. Jeff Hoffman has been great this year and with Jon Gray, he is poised to be a big strikeout guy to lead this rotation in the future years. He is very much proving that the Rockies won the Tulo trade and with every successful start, Rockies fans get more and more confident with that fact.

Sunday, July 9th 1:10pm: Carlos Rodon (1-1 1.59) vs. Kyle Freeland (8-7 4.09)

Just like most of the rookie pitchers lately for Colorado, Freeland has fallen off a little bit, but he has shown the best ability to rebound from rough starts and from bad early innings. Rodon has only made two starts this year after starting on the DL, but he has been good in both. He is the third lefty the Rockies will face which plays difficulty as most of the better hitters have been lefties, but it is also a chance to get Mark Reynolds heated up again and get Trevor Story going, both of who would help the offense mightily.

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