Rockies VS. D-Backs Series Preview


May 30, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy (32) throws a pitch in the first inning of the game against the Texas Rangers at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona just barely avoided being swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in their last series, as they were able win the last game of the series. They return home looking to finish the season strong as they have 17 games left in their season.

They trail the Cincinnati Reds by nine games in the wild-card and looks like they are destined to miss the playoffs for a second consecutive season. The good news is that they get to take out their frustrations against a Colorado Rockies team that is horrible on the road (26-49) and they have also allowed the second-most runs in the National League at 661.

This will be the fifth time these teams see one another. So far Arizona is 8-5 against them this season.

Game 1 (Friday): Tyler Chatwood (7-4, 3.17 ERA) vs. Brandon McCarthy (4-9, 4.66 ERA)

Chatwood looked good in his last start allowing only one run in six innings of work against the San Diego Padres. He rebounded from a horrible performance against the Atlanta Braves two starts ago in which he lasted just 2.1 innings allowing seven earned runs. He is solid with runners in scoring position, as teams only have a .244 average in this situation.

McCarthy has been pitching better in his last couple of starts with him throwing 24 innings and only giving up five runs to opposing teams. However teams are still hitting him hard with them having a .289 average against him this season.

Game 2 (Saturday): Roy Oswalt (0-5, 8.57 ERA) vs. Wade Miley (9-10, 3.73 ERA)

Oswalt is still seeking his first victory of the season as he has yet to have a start where he give up less than four runs. He has a limited number of starts this season, as injuries have mounted for him.

Miley pitched very well against the San Francisco Giants, with him limiting them to two runs over seven innings, but received a no-decision. He has allowed one run in 12 1/3 innings against the Rockies this season.

Game 3 (Sunday): Jhoulys Chacin (13-8, 3.09 ERA) vs. Randall Delgado (4-6, 4.04 ERA)

Chacin has been very reliable for the Rockies with him throwing at least seven innings in each of his last four starts and has yielded just seven runs in that period.

Delgado had issues with the long ball in his last start against the Dodgers, as he allowed four homers. He only lasted 2.2 innings in this start, and this was a surprise because he had thrown at least six innings the previous five starts.