The Rockies have continued their road struggles, this time against an Arizona squad that dropped 41 of their previous 46 games entering the current three-game set. Colorado will seek to turn things around on the road amidst a 6-33 record away from Coors Field, in hopes of mustering up some momentum before closing the first half in San Diego.
In the continued absence of Austin Gomber, it will be right-hander Chi Chi González filling in this afternoon for his 13th start of the season. González used his fastball and slider almost exclusively in his last start, and the 29-year-old seems to have stepped away from his cutter that was previously his second-most used pitch. In his last start, González worked seven innings of two-run ball against the Cardinals. In a previous start with Arizona this year, he allowed four earned runs in 4 2/3 frames.
Jake Faria will make his third start of the season for Arizona, equipped with a mix of mainly four-seamers and curveballs. He’s posted a 5.25 ERA this season (4.70 xFIP) and his strikeout percentage of 20 is just below league average (23.8). The 27-year-old has thrown just 12 innings in the bigs this year, allowing four earned runs to a tough-hitting Giants lineup in his last appearance (4 IP). Faria has collected 182 1/3 innings of big league work in his career, and 26 of his 54 appearances have been out of the bullpen.
Following a 10th round draft selection in 2011, Faria spent eight seasons with the Rays until being traded to the Brewers in 2019. The right-hander was later released by Milwaukee last September after posting an 11.42 ERA in 8 2/3 innings, only to sign with the Angels in November. He was later released on June 16th without cracking Triple-A, but it opened the door for Arizona to pick him up and put him back in the bigs. Faria has collected 48 2/3 innings between Triple-A and the big leagues this year, and all seven of his Triple-A appearancese were starts.
Start Time: 1:40 p.m. MDT
TV: AT&T SportsNet, MLB.TV
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM; KNRV 1150 (Spanish)
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Some lineup changes today as the #Rockies try to avoid being swept— Danielle Allentuck (@d_allentuck) July 8, 2021
CF Garrett Hampson
LF Raimel Tapia
SS Trevor Story
2B Brendan Rodgers
3B Ryan McMahon
1B CJ Cron
RF Yonathan Daza
C Dom Nuñez
P Chi Chi González