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Game Preview: Matzek tries to keep the roll going

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The Rockies have won six straight. Tyler Matzek is hot. Let's keep both those things going.

Dustin Bradford

Tyler Matzek's solid rookie season is one of only a handful of positives to take out of 2014. The lefty has a 4.19 ERA, 3.87 FIP, and 1.8 fWAR in 111.2 innings. If 2015 is going to go any better than 2014, Matzek's continued growth will be a big reason. With the combination of the heavy air at Petco Park and the lousy Padres lineup, signs point to Matzek posting a good game.

However, the Padres have won four straight, including a sweep of the Giants, so they're playing well right now as well.

Left handed slop-baller Eric Stults is going for the Padres, and he's in the middle of a terrible year. The 4.59 ERA is a trainwreck for a guy who pitches half his games in San Diego, and the -0.9 fWAR is brutal.

It's kind of surprising Walt Weiss is going with Charlie Blackmon over Drew Stubbs; what happened to the platoon? The counterargument, as usual, is that it doesn't matter how the Titanic's deck chairs are oriented.

Last week of Rockies baseball. Enjoy it while you can.

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<tr><td class="td-last td-name">Charlie Blackmon - CF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Yangervis Solarte - 3B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Josh Rutledge - SS</td><td class="td-first td-name">Cameron Maybin - CF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Justin Morneau - 1B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Jedd Gyorko - 2B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Michael Cuddyer - RF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Rene Rivera - C</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Corey Dickerson - LF</td><td class="td-first td-name">Yasmani Grandal - 1B</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Mike McKenry - C</td><td class="td-first td-name">Tommy Medica - LF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Rafael Ynoa - 3B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Rymer Liriano - RF</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">DJ LeMahieu - 2B</td><td class="td-first td-name">Alexi Amarista - SS</td></tr><tr><td class="td-last td-name">Tyler Matzek - LHP</td><td class="td-first td-name">Eric Stults - LHP</td></tr></tbody>
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