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Chris Rusin continues his audition for a permanent role against the Reds

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The Rockies try to take the series against the Reds tonight at 6:10 MT.

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

In a game with draft order implications, the Rockies face the Reds tonight at Coors Field.

Lefty Chris Rusin gets the start for the Rockies. Rusin will continue to make his case to be a part of the Rockies' depth chart going forward. He's put up decent numbers, but the Rockies should still be skeptical about them. Rusin has a 3.88 ERA and a 4.41 FIP, which are marks that are more than acceptable from a fifth starter in the Colorado Rockies' rotation, although his adjusted stats suggest he's more suited to a depth role. Rusin has a 5.53 Deserved Run Average (DRA), which is 34 percent below league average. His context adjusted FIP is only nine percent below league average though, which is more of what we should expect from Rusin. If he can maintain that, Rusin will have a good case to be kept around as rotation depth, if not a fifth starter.

Tonight, Rusin will make his fourth career start against the Reds and his second this year. His first start against the Reds was his first of the season on May 26, and it was a good one. Rusin threw seven innings and allowed just one run on four hits. He walked four and struck out five.

The Reds will hand the ball to right-handerJohnny Cueto, in what could very well be his final start as a member of the Reds. The trade candidate enters tonight's game with a 2.79 ERA and a 3.31 FIP. His 2.65 DRA is 36 percent better than league average. Cueto will make his eighth career start against the Rockies and his fifth at Coors Field. Last season, Cueto threw eight innings against the Rockies at Coors Field. He struck out five and gave up two runs on six hits and a pair of walks. Cueto relies mostly on a four seam fastball that sits at about 93-94 mph, a cutter, and a changeup. He also throws a sinker and a slider, although less frequently than the other three pitches in his repertoire.

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