After another strong offensive showing at home, the Rockies now go for their first series win since the All-Star break. A win today would improve the Rockies to a near NL best 35-20 home record. With 54 games remaining on the year, the Rockies are trending towards not losing 100 games. Though things could quickly go wrong, FanGraphs currently projects the Rockies to finish the year 70-92. The worst record in club history is 64-98 set by the 2012 squad.
The new look Cubs will send the right hander Alec Mills (4-4, 4.55 ERA) out to the mound. Mills has been bouncing back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen this season but for the last couple of month he’s been a solid starting option. In the nine games Mills has started, he’s got a 3.71 ERA with a 1.28 WHIP. Mills has not pitched at Coors Field before nor has he faced the Rockies at any point in his career. The only Rockies batter with any history against Mills is Elias Díaz who faced him just once with the Pirates in 2019.
Jon Gray (7-6, 3.62 ERA) gets the start for the Rockies. Gray is coming off of his best month of the season in July, which included two starts against the Dodgers, with a 2.97 ERA. What’s more impressive is that four of those five starts in July were also on the road where the Rockies pitching staff has struggled. Gray will look to carry that momentum into August and against a Cubs team he hasn’t faced since 2018.
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)
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