The Rockies are looking to keep their four-game winning streak going on Friday, as they welcome the Oakland A’s to the friendly confines of Coors Field on their first-ever Pride Night.
Frankie Montas (5-5, 4.45 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Athletics. Montas has been a staple in Oakland’s rotation for the past few years following his 80-game suspension in 2019, though his 2020 was not as effective. Pitching to a 5.60 ERA last season, this was a marked step backwards, and this season he is faring no better. His hits per nine, home runs per nine, and strikeout-to-walk ratio are all either at or above last year’s mark (though it’s worth noting his ERA+ and FIP are better than last season, so make of that what you will).
In his last start, Montas went 5 2⁄3 innings in a 4-0 loss to the Angels, allowing six hits and one walk to seven strikeouts. Interestingly, though he allowed the four runs that led to the loss, none of them were earned runs.
Jon Gray (4-5, 3.71 ERA) is typically far more effective at elevation than away; he wasn’t so strong in Pittsburgh in his last outing. The Gray Wolf went just three innings and allowed three earned runs versus the Pirates this past Saturday, though just one would have been enough for the Bucs on that day. Despite the setback, Gray owns a 4-1 record with a sparkling 2.36 ERA at home. Keeping the ball down will be key for him—the Athletics have hit 73 home runs this season, ranking third in the majors behind the Blue Jays and Twins.
Matchup-wise, there’s not much in Gray-A’s history - Elvis Andrus is 0-for-3, and Stephen Piscotty is 2-for-2.
On the other hand, All-Star hopeful Ryan McMahon (#RyMacAllStar, by the way) is 4-for-4 against Montas, while Charlie Blackmon is hitting .500 in six at-bats versus the righty. Look for them to make some noise on Friday.
First Pitch: 6:40 p.m. MDT
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain, MLB.TV
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM; KNRV 1150 (Spanish)