The Colorado Rockies’ home win streak looked to be in jeopardy last night until late game fireworks from Garrett Hampson and Elias Díaz brought the Rockies a 5-3 victory. Now the MLB-best home Rockies are on the precipice of yet another sweep at Coors Field, with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the crosshairs.
Starting for the Rockies this afternoon is big Jon Gray. His last two starts were less than ideal, going only 4 1⁄3 innings in each, but in each game he had his strikeout stuff working. Gray is at his best in the comfy confines of Coors Field, and a solid six-inning outing from the big man would go a long way to keep the bullpen rested for the upcoming nine-game road trip. It’s also been reported that Gray is engaging in extension talks with the Rockies front office this very weekend.
On the bump for the Diamondbacks is the right-handed Taylor Widener. Widener hasn’t had a start longer than five innings since April, but has a batting average against of just .239. In his last start against the Rockies on May 23, he pitched just 1 2⁄3 innings while giving up one hit and one unearned run with two walks, two strikeouts, and two hit batters. Widener has walked two or more batters in all but three of his 11 starts. The Rockies will look to get to him early and force the Diamondbacks to their less-than-stellar bullpen.
First Pitch: 1:10 PM MDT
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain; MLB.tv
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM; KNRV 1150 (Spanish)
Looking for a Sunday sweep! pic.twitter.com/kz5mZaIs8q— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) August 22, 2021
Game 125. #RattleOn pic.twitter.com/lmvi19DLyL— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) August 22, 2021