Series Preview: Marlins vs. Rockies

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Monday, September 25th 6:40pm: Odrisamer Despaigne (0-3 4.37) vs. Tyler Chatwood (8-13 4.56)

In Chatwood’s last two starts at home, he has seemingly straightened out his home struggles. Chatwood has gone 8.2 innings while allowing only two runs in his last home starts and he will hope to replicate that success in this second to last series of the year. Along with the Rockies going for a playoff spot, this series has other historic implications. Gianacarlo Stanton has absolutely hammered the Rockies in his career and he is also staring down the most home runs ever (in the non-steroid era). There is a good chance he can take a run at the faux-record and there will be a lot to watch in this series.

Tuesday, September 26th 6:40pm: Jose Urena (14-6 3.55) vs. Tyler Anderson (5-6 5.24)

Since Jose Fernandez’s passing, the Marlins have gotten another Jose to take his place as ace of the staff. Jose Urena has been really strong and while not the Cy Young pitcher Fernandez was, Urena is young and has lots of potential, especially for a Miami team that will be under new ownership and likely changing a lot going into the 2018 season. Tyler Anderson, like Tyler Chatwood, has been strong in the more recent month and this bodes well for the Rockies. Again, Stanton will be the player to watch as the entire Rockies offense will have to replicate whatever offensive output he has in this series.

Wednesday, September 27th 1:10pm: Adam Conley (7-7 5.74) vs. Jon Gray (9-4 3.62)

This is excellent timing with the Rockies having their ace in the series finale, both to improve their playoff chances and to hopefully make the wild card game start, if the Rockies make it in. Jon Gray has been great over his past 12 starts giving up no more than three runs in each. He has struggled with getting length out of his starts, but keeping the team in it is of utmost importance, especially with expanded bullpens where length is not as important as it is in the early months. The Rockies would love to use this series as an opportunity to expand their lead, and maybe even clinch the wild card spot, but they need to get hot to do so.

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