The home Colorado Rockies are once again treating fans to a fun and exciting series at Coors Field, this time against the division rival Arizona Diamondbacks. They have secured their first series win since April 23-25, where they played the Phillies. Despite some blood-pressure-raising play from the bullpen, the Rockies beat the D-Backs yesterday 7-6, their second game in a row scoring seven runs. This afternoon they look to complete the series sweep.
Taking the mound for the Rockies is big Jon Gray, who is looking to bounce back from a frustrating outing in San Diego where he gave up five earned runs and seven runs total on 10 hits through 5 2⁄3 innings. Gray has been excellent at home in 2021, with an ERA of 2.00 across 36 innings in six starts with 38 strikeouts.
On the bump for Arizona is the rookie Taylor Widener, making his first start since April 22nd. Widener is coming off the injured list with an ERA of 2.82 through four starts. The 26-year old utilizes a three-pitch mix consisting of a mid-to-low 90’s four seam fastball with strong vertical movement, a changeup, and a slider. So far in 2021 he has a fly ball percentage of 35.3, which could harm him in the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field against a Rockies team that has come alive at home.
First Pitch: 12:15 PM MDT
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain; MLB.tv
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM; KNRV 1150 (Spanish)
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