Friday, July 28th 5:05pm: German Marquez (8-4 4.20) vs. Tanner Roark (8-6 4.83)
After getting swept by the Cardinals, the Rockies absolutely need to rebound against one of the best teams in the league. They had an extremely rough series against the Nats at Coors earlier this year, so hopefully they can enact some revenge on the Capitol’s team. The Rockies made a move for Pat Neshek and are expected to make another move before the deadline, so this could be a series that sees a different team. Along with deadline moves, Chatwood is likely to find himself with a more permanent role after Holland comes off the paternity list, Dahl is raking down in AAA, and Bettis is well on his way to a return. Depth is key for playoff teams, especially down the stretch, so any of these players will be welcomed with open arms when the time comes.
Saturday, July 29th 5:05pm: Kyle Freeland (10-7 3.64) vs. Erick Fedde
The Rockies will face rookie and first time starter Erick Fedde in game two of the series as there best rookie takes the mound. Kyle Freeland has been very good for the Rockies and if not for Cody Bellinger, would probably be getting more ROTY consideration. But awards mean nothing in a playoff race so Freeland will be looking to get a win during this game rather than any end of the season award. The hardest part for Freeland, and Marquez as well, will be keeping a scorching hot Nats offense down. That was the same task that the Rockies failed at during their first series, so hopefully they learned from that and can rebound.
Sunday, July 30th 11:35am: Jon Gray (3-1 5.84) vs. Edwin Jackson (1-1 4.76)
Jon Gray has not pitched how the Rockies, or himself, have wanted him to pitch recently. He did do a little better his last time out as he did not walk a batter, but he still only got through five innings and gave up eight hits. Gray will be looking to up his efficiency as well as giving the Rockies what is hopefully a series win. He is the veteran of the staff in this series so regardless of what happens in the first two games, he needs to come out and shut down the Nats offense to the best of his abilities. Luckily for the Rockies, they do not face Strasburg or Scherzer in this series which really increases their ability to win.