After losing seven in a row, the Rockies have squeaked out two wins in a row against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field and are back at .500 for the season. Both have been one-run wins, but we’ll take it.
Tonight’s game will feature Jon Gray (1-3, 6.23 ERA) and Robbie Ray (1-3, 8.33 ERA) for the second time this season. The last time we saw these two starters on August 10, neither one made it out of the fourth inning and they gave up a combined 14 runs on 18 hits with a home run apiece.
In the two games he has started since then, Jon Gray has had two different performances. In the first one on August 16 against the Texas Rangers, he pitched seven innings, allowing just three runs (two homers) on three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts for his first win of 2020. However, in his most recent start on August 21 against the Dodgers, he only lasted 3 2⁄3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits with two walks, but he threw 74 pitches by the time he was lifted. Gray’s ERA is 6.23 and sits nearly two points higher than the next closest starter (Germán Márquez at 4.50).
Robbie Ray, on the other hand, has had two pretty solid outings since August 10. He has pitched five innings in each of his starts against the Padres and Giants, including five no-hit (but one run) innings against the Padres on August 16. Ray has been struggling with walks, allowing 11 combined in his last two starts. Overall, he has 25 walks this year in 27 innings. That is more than double the next closest starter (Zac Gallen with 12 in 36 innings).
Start Time: 7:40 p.m. MT
TV: AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, MLB.tv
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM; KNRV 1150 (Spanish)
Updated Rockies lineup - Raimel Tapia scratched due to a right elbow contusion. pic.twitter.com/mJfEzo27VI— Rockies Club Information (@RockiesClubInfo) August 27, 2020
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