Series Preview: Rockies (65-49) vs. Marlins (53-60)

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Friday, August 11th 5:10pm: Jon Gray (4-2 4.94) vs. Jose Urena (10-5 3.70)

Urena has been a hit or miss pitcher this year since joining the rotation, sometimes going deep in the game with a quality start and sometimes allowing five runs in not so many innings. Jon Gray has been good, except for one start against the Mets where he allowed eight runs. That one start really ballooned his ERA and has made his season line look pretty ugly, but this is still the Rockies ace and the guy who needs to carry the rotation over the last month and a half of the season. He faces a very strong Marlins offense that may have the best outfield in the league with Marcell Ozuna, Giancarlo Stanton, and Christian Yelich. He will have to be on his game to keep these three down and the Rockies in the game.

Saturday, August 12th 5:10pm: Jeff Hoffman (6-3 5.03) vs. TBD

Hoffman had struggled through the month of July, but has really seemed to return to form in August. In two starts he has allowed only three runs and struck out 13. The one two punch that Jon Gray and Jeff Hoffman will give to this Rockies rotation in future years will be a strong one, but for now, both pitchers just have to pitch their best and try and earn the Rockies wins going into the final month of the season, where they play only NL West teams.

Sunday, August 13th 11:10pm: German Marquez (9-4 3.88) vs. Vance Worley (2-2 4.82)

With Kyle Freeland on the DL, Marquez has taken the lead as best rookie on the team. Marquez has been very consistent and has the strikeout potential of these first two pitchers. Keeping Stanton down will be the key for all three of these pitchers as he has bene on an absolute power tear. The Rockies, as always, would love to take two of three from the Marlins, but it is a road series and the Rockies have not typically played well in Miami, or against the Marlins.

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