The Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs are ready to meet for the sixth time this season and make up a rained out contest at Wrigley Field
Colorado Rockies at Chicago Cubs
Colorado dropped its first interleague series of the season by dropping a 6-4 contest to the New York Yankees Sunday. The Rockies are now 3-3 on a road trip that ends today, making up a rained out contest of an April 27 game. “We played first-place teams and we got a split out of that,” said Rockies manager Jim Tracy. “Obviously, you want to do better, but you can’t be disappointed by splitting six versus the Indians and Yankees.” Offensively, third baseman Ty Wigginton is red hot, hitting .366 with 12 RBIs over his last 11 games. He homered twice yesterday and has left the ball park in six of seven contests. Colorado has won four of the five meetings between these two foes this season, outscoring Chicago 26-19 in the process.
Rockies starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin is 8-4 with a 2.71 ERA in 15 starts this season and comes in on a personal three-game winning streak. Colorado has actually won his last four starts overall, outscoring opponents 18-12 in the process. The right-hander has posted a 4-1 mark and 3.11 ERA in six road games this season, as opponents are hitting just .200 against him. In three career appearances (two stats) versus the Cubs, he is 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA, including a complete game shutout on April 15 for his third win this season.
Chicago was doomed by allowing four runs in the first inning of a 6-3 loss Sunday to Kansas City. The Cubs also left seven runners on base and went 0-for-6 with men on base from the fifth inning on. The team welcomes the arrival of a National League club to Wrigley Field due to dropping six of eight during interleague play. One strength for the squad of late is the bullpen, posting a 1.64 ERA during its six-game road trip. On the other end, shortstop Starlin Castro continues to make a case for an All-Star nod, coming in on a 10-game hitting streak and is 8 for 19 in his last four games against today’s opponent. Chicago is 12-14 in day games this season.
Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza is 3-6 with a 4.11 ERA in 13 starts this season and is coming off a no-decision effort on the road against the White Sox. In that particular outing, he allowed two runs and four hits over five frames, as the team dropped a 3-2 contest. The right-hander has an even 2-2 record and 3.75 ERA in six home starts this year, issuing 12 walks and compiling 45 strikeouts in 36 frames. Garza will be making his sixth daytime start, bringing in a 1-2 record and 4.06 ERA. In three lifetime appearances against the Rockies, he is 0-3 with a 5.29 ERA despite allowing them to hit just .224 against him.
Bettors will likely back the Rockies due to their 7-1 record in the last eight meetings, while the Cubs are 20-45 as a home underdog