The Rockies have a lot of control over their standing for the next 10 days leading into the All-Star break. Their 42-44 record is currently good enough to have them in second place, 2.5 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks. Tonight, the Rockies continue the stretch of 16 games playing division rivals, as the Arizona Diamondbacks host a three game series at Chase Field.
Tyler Skaggs, a highly touted prospect in the Diamondbacks organization, will be making his 10th career MLB start and his 4th start of the year. He was dominant in his first start this year, holding Texas to zero runs on 3 hits and striking out 9 in 6 innings of work. Outside of this, however, he has struggled to find success at the major league level this year and this Rockies offense in particular could find him very hittable.
The Rockies will send out Jorge De La Rosa, who was nothing short of fantastic in the month of June for the Rockies. In his worst outing, he gave up 4 runs in 5 innings of work but did not factor into the decision and the Rockies won 10-9 against San Diego. His only loss was an acceptable outing where he gave up 3 runs, but had no support from the offense. In his remaining 4 June starts, he allowed only 5 runs in 26 innings of work.
De La Rosa certainly holds the advantage over Skaggs; while Skaggs is making his fourth start of the season, De La Rosa is making his fourth start against the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks has been very very different this year. Paul Goldschmidt is their top hitter and his 20 homers are nearly 3 times as many as the next highest players (Eric Chavez, Martin Prado, and Gerardo Parra have each hit 7).
In short: on paper, the Rockies have a great chance of beating Arizona. Let the snake whacking commence.