Game 104 Preview: Peralta vs. Chatwood

Dustin Bradford

Tyler Chatwood will try to help the Rockies get back on track tonight against the Brewers, but if he wants any run support, he may have to provide it himself.

Recently, It's almost seemed as if the Rockies installed a super humidor that can suppress offense at a much great rate than its predecessor. During the last 11 games, seven of which have been at home, the Rockies offense has managed to score more than four runs just once. This has dropped their OPS for the month of July to a major league worst .610 (Jonathan Herrera has a career OPS of .649).

At the same time, Rockies starting pitchers in the last ten games have thrown 62.2 innings to the tune of a 1.59 ERA. Combine the awful offense with the outstanding arms, and you get a 5-5 record in the last ten games.

This is completely backwards from how it was supposed to work. There's almost always a mid summer stretch of games at Coors Field where the Rockies put up six or seven plus runs a night while at home for the better part of a two or three week period. They don't always win all of those games, but slug fests are usually the orders of the day at Coors in the summer.

This summer, we haven't seen anything close to it yet, and in some ways, the biggest appeal with this team right now is to see how long it can continue, or perhaps more importantly, the biggest appeal is to see what unsustainable event (the amazing starting pitching or the awful offense), breaks first. This more than anything else will determine if the team is playing meaningful baseball come September.

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In news specifically related to this game, Carlos Gonzalez is not in the starting lineup as he's still nursing a finger injury. Charlie Blackmon will make the start in left field and both Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Cuddyer will move up one spot in the batting order.

Also, while Brewers starter Wily Peralta may seem like a good candidate for the Rockies offense to break out against on paper, don't get your hopes up. Peralta did carry a 5.58 ERA through the end of June, but he has found some magic recently, leading his team to a 4-0 record in his last four starts while pitching 29.1 innings to a 0.31 ERA and holding opposing batters to a .161 batting average and a .465 OPS.

Good luck Tyler, your margin for error appears to be razor thin.

Lineups

Brewers

1. Rickie Weeks (R) 2B

2. Norichika Aoki (L) RF

3. Jean Segura (R) SS

4. Carlos Gomez (R) CF

5. Logan Schafer (L) LF

6. Mrtin Maldonado (R) C

7. Juan Francisco (L) 1B

8. Yuniesky Betancourt (R) 3B

9. Wily Peralta (R) P

Rockies

1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF

2. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B

3. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS

4. Michael Cuddyer (R) RF

5. Todd Helton (L) 1B

6. Wilin Rosario (R) C

7. Charlie Blackmon (L) LF

8. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B

9. Tyler Chatwood (R) P

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