Series Preview: Rockies (78-65) vs. Dbacks (83-60)

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Monday, September 11th 7:40pm: Kyle Freeland (11-10 3.99) vs. Zack Greinke (16-6 3.01)

After a year in which Zack Greinke appeared to be struggling, he has bounced back in 2017 to dominate once again. Greinke has faced the Rockies four times this year, with the teams splitting those four games. He has not pitched poorly in any of those starts, but the Rockies have done damage either against the bullpen or got good pitching when they won. Kyle Freeland will look to bounce back after a couple of short starts, one of them coming against Arizona. He needs to be good as this is a huge series for the Rockies and starting it with a win could be huge.

Tuesday, September 12th 7:40pm: Jon Gray (7-4 4.07) vs. Taijuan Walker (9-7 3.33)

Gray will look to continue his recent successes as he faces off against another excellent Dbacks starter. The strength of Arizona this year has been excellent pitching, with no pitcher clearly defining themselves as an ace. This is a game that favors the Rockies, but with both pitchers solid starters and either team’s offense being able to explode, this game, and series, will be hard to tell exactly who can come out on top.

Wednesday, September 13th 7:40pm: German Marquez (10-6 4.27) vs. Patrick Corbin (13-12 4.16)

Marquez will be making his sixth start against Arizona and this is not the best thing. The Dbacks have seemed to figure out Marquez more recently, but he does have the stuff to keep them off balance and make this game a win. Corbin will make his fourth start against Colorado, and when he has been at home he has been better. In two starts at Coors, Corbin had allowed eight runs in 9.1 innings, so he may be more prepared to face them at home. However, he struggled mightily against the Padres his last time out at home, so hopefully the Rockies can replicate that success.

Thursday, September 14th 1:40pm: Chad Bettis (1-2 4.98) vs. Zack Godley (7-7 3.18)

In Godley’s last start against the Rockies, he walked six batters but only allowed one run. Since then, the Rockies offense has gotten hot and done a lot better, even against top tier pitchers, so Godley will be not be able to get away with that kind of start again. Hopefully the Rockies can do some damage, as Chad Bettis is likely going to give up a few runs in this game, facing a top tier offense as a hitter friendly park. Since his first start, Bettis has not been nearly as good, but he has still been a solid innings eater which is a great way to anchor a series, especially without an off-day the next day. The Rockies need to split this series at least, and if they can win three or sweep, they may very well have a chance to stealing the first wild card spot.

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