The Colorado Rockies (9-9) head to Salt River Fields for a meeting with the Arizona Diamondbacks (12-7). Kyle Kendrick and Robbie Ray will be taking the mound for their respective teams. Ray, along with Domingo Lebya, was acquired by the D-Backs over the offseason in a three-team trade that also sent Didi Gregorius to the Yankees and Shane Greene to the Tigers. A year ago, while still in Detroit's minor league system, Ray was ranked the 10th-best left-handed pitching prospect by MLB.com, largely due to an impressive 2013 minor league campaign that saw him whiff 160 batters through 142 innings. As he's moved through the minors, however, scouts have cooled their opinions on him a bit, as he's been hit harder and the strikeouts have lessened. He's still regarded as a backend starter by most, and he's still young at 23-years-old, so Ray's a guy the Rockies are likely to see a lot of in the future.
Kyle Kendrick, he of the "Opening Day Starter" discussion, will be looking to bounce back after struggling a bit against the Royals, who struck for two early on against him last Sunday. He'll be leading the following group:
Besides CarGo's absence, that should provide a pretty good look at what the Rockies will be going with at season's start.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will be rolling with the following:
The game can be seen live on ROOT Sports and MLBTV at 2:10 MT, or followed online with MLB Gameday.