David Hale will take the mound for the Rockies as they kick off a three-game set against the Oakland Athletics. Both teams are in the midst of a small losing streak; the Rockies have lost two straight while the Athletics have lost three straight.
Hale has struggled in his last two starts, only pitching 9 2/3 innings total with ten runs allowed. Hale has been able to keep his walks down, allowing just four in his last two starts, but he's been very hittable, allowing 18 hits over that stretch.
The only player to have faced Hale in this Athletics lineup is Ike Davis, who is 2-for-3 with two doubles when facing Hale.
The Athletics will counter with Kendall Graveman, who is 4-4 with an ERA of 3.86. This will be first time the 24-year-old righty has faced the Rockies in his career. Graveman has been dominant in his last four starts, going at least seven innings and allowing no more than two runs.
Nolan Arenado, who was recently crowned the NL Player of the Week, will hit fourth for the Rockies. Since June 22nd, Arenado has hit .391, with seven home runs and 14 RBI's. We're watching a young player turn into a star right before our eyes.
With this game being held in an AL park, the Rockies will use Ben Paulsen at first base and put Wilin Rosario in the DH role.
|COLORADO ROCKIES||OAKLAND A'S|
|Charlie Blackmon - CF||Billy Burns - CF|
|DJ LeMahieu - 2B||Stephen Vogt - C|
|Troy Tulowitzki - SS||Ben Zobrist - LF|
|Nolan Arenado - 3B||Josh Reddick - RF|
|Carlos Gonzalez - RF||Billy Butler - DH|
|Wilin Rosario - DH||Ike Davis - 1B|
|Ben Paulsen - 1B||Brett Lawrie - 3B|
|Nick Hundley - C||Eric Sogard - 2B|
|Brandon Barnes - LF||Marcus Semien - SS|
|David Hale - RHP||Kendall Graveman - RHP|