Series Preview: Rockies (68-56) vs. Royals (62-61)

Tuesday, August 22nd 6:15pm: Jon Gray (5-2 4.74) vs. Danny Duffy (7-8 3.82)

Jon Gray opens the series against Danny Duffy and the Royals for a series that will hopefully get the Rockies back on track. Both of these teams are fighting for wild card spots with the Rockies leading the NL by half a game and the Royals back by a game and a half. Both of these teams open with their ace for a game that could be a pitchers duel. For Gray, he will look to get through the third time facing the Royals lineup, something he has struggled with thus far this year. Duffy has been rough his last three times out allowing sixteen runs in three starts, but in all he has struck out eight in each start as well. The strikeout stuff Duffy has could put the Rockies in trouble, as they are a team prone to strikeouts.

Wednesday, August 23rd 6:15pm: Antonio Senzatela (10-4 4.56) vs. Ian Kennedy (4-9 5.06)

Much like Duffy, Kennedy has struggled in the month of August, hopefully a sign that the Rockies can get their offense on track with some consistency. Antonio Senzatela makes his return to the rotation as he has been back and forth between the pen and rotation. He earned his spot back with some successful outings and the Rockies could use his consistency. He isn’t the most dominant pitcher, but he does control the zone well and he will be coming to this start with a new pitch, a curveball. Sensei and the Rockies will hopefully be playing for a series win in this game, but as the late season has gone, nothing is guaranteed.

Thursday, August 24th 12:15pm: German Marquez (10-5 4.24) vs. Jake Junis (5-2 4.99)

Junis, like Senzatela, has jumped between the pen and rotation though he has had mixed success between the roles. Marquez will be looking to get back on track after two rough August starts against the Marlins and Brewers. Marquez has good stuff and can dominate a lineup, but when he runs into trouble it is by the long ball. The Rockies desperately need to win this series as they have struggled recently and the Central teams are creeping in on the wild card, but they do have the benefit of leading the wild card currently.

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