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Diamondbacks series preview: Opening against the Rockies

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Mar 14, 2016; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) throws the ball in the first inning during a spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 14, 2016; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Zack Greinke (21) throws the ball in the first inning during a spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
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Pitching Matchups: 

Monday: Zack Greinke (19-3, 1.69 ERA) vs. Jorge De la Rosa (9-7, 4.17 ERA)

Tuesday: Shelby Miller (6-17, 3.02 ERA) vs. TBA

Wednesday: Patrick Corbin (6-5, 3.60 ERA) vs. TBA

The Diamondbacks will be fielding a trio of All-Stars against a Rockies team playing away from Coors Field. All eyes will be on Greinke and Miller as they make their team debuts. Greinke was the Cy Young runner-up last season with a 1.69 ERA, making him arguably the best runner-up ever. Patrick Corbin will also be starting his first full season since 2013, as he missed all of 2014 and half of 2015 after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The Rockies have not yet announced their starters from the final two games of the series, but De la Rosa is the confirmed Opening Day starter. De la Rosa has been with the Rockies since 2008, and is the team’s all-time leader in wins. The journeyman is 78-52 with a 4.20 ERA and 108 lifetime ERA+ with the Rockies.

No matter who Colorado starts in the final two games of the series, the Diamondbacks have a clear advantage in each matchup.

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