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Game No. 94 Preview: Correia vs. Matzek

The Rockies are trying to gather some momentum heading into the break. A win today sure would help.

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The Rockies have lost each of the last five games started by Tyler Matzek, but not all of that's been his fault. Unlike Jorge De La Rosa who has the highest run support of any qualified starter in baseball this season, Matzek has been drawing the short straw. In his last five starts, the Rockies have only averaged 2.4 runs per game.

Today would be a good day to change that as the Twins are sending Kevin Correia to the mound. Correia has the exact same 4.79 ERA on the season as Matzek, but Correia also has just a 4.3 K/9 rate and a 40% fly ball rate on the season which shouldn't play well in this ballpark. Correia has had some success at Coors in the past (3.61 ERA), but he hasn't started a game here since 2011. In another surprising note, Correia's made it through at least six innings in each of his last six starts where he's also posted a 2.63 ERA. However, most of those were against weak offensive teams.

With both Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez finally healthy, the Rockies have a very deep lineup to attack Correia. Corey Dickerson is back in left field for the first time since his wrist injury scare on Tuesday night meaning that the Rockies will have an all lefty outfield with Blackmon in center and Cargo in right. The other nice thing about having Cargo and Nolan back is that it leaves the Rockies bench extremely strong (especially if the opponent brings in a lefty) with both Drew Stubbs and Josh Rutledge waiting for a key spot.

This is a game where the Rockies' offense needs to take control. If they're able to grab the win, it will mean a four game winning streak and mark just the second time all season it's occurred.


Today's Lineups

Brian Dozier - 2B C. Blackmon - CF
Eduardo Escobar - SS Carlos Gonzalez - RF
Kendrys Morales - 1B Troy Tulowitzki - SS
Trevor Plouffe - 3B Justin Morneau - 1B
Oswaldo Arcia - RF Nolan Arenado - 3B
Josh Willingham - LF Corey Dickerson - LF
Sam Fuld - CF Mike McKenry - C
Eric Fryer - C DJ LeMahieu - 2B
Kevin Correia - RHP Tyler Matzek - LHP