Game 109 Preview: Tyler Chatwood vs. Mike Minor

Doug Pensinger

Tyler Chatwood looks to right the ship on a pitching staff that has been demolished in the first two games against the Braves in Atlanta.

So far this series has been more reminiscent of last year, with the Rockies giving up twenty runs in a close loss and a blow out. The Rockies have their work cut out for them tonight as they face arguably the Braves best starter in Mike Minor who has gone 10-5 with a 2.89 ERA so far this year. Add in the fact that the man who shares my last name throws from the left side and the unexplainable sinistrophobia (phobia of lefties) of Rockies hitters, and this could be a struggle.

The good news for the fans of purple is that Tyler Chatwood is taking the mound. He has given up more than two earned runs only once in his last ten starts and is perhaps the most consistent of the Rockies triumvirate of pitchers. For the season, he is 7-3 with a 2.48 ERA and, if this were not the Braves, would almost guarantee a win.

The Rockies need this one in order to have a chance of splitting the series as we inch closer to the trade deadline. I look forward to discussing the game and potential trades tonight in the game thread. Here are your lineups:

Rockies:

1. Dexter Fowler (S) CF

2. Charlie Culberson (R) 2B

3. Carlos Gonzalez (L) LF

4. Troy Tulowitzki (R) SS

5. Michael Cuddyer (R) RF

6. Nolan Arenado (R) 3B

7. Todd Helton (L) 1B

8. Yorvit Torrealba (R) C

9. Tyler Chatwood (R) P

Braves:

1. Jason Heyward (L) CF

2. Justin Upton (R) RF

3. Freddie Freeman (L) 1B

4. Evan Gattis (R) LF

5. Brian McCann (L) C

6. Chris Johnson (R) 3B

7. Dan Uggla (R) 2B

8. Andrelton Simmons (R) SS

9. Mike Minor (R) P

GO ROCKIES!!!

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