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Series Preview: Cubs v. Rockies, April 10 – April 12, 2015

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rockies dingerI wholeheartedly supported the Chicago Cubs’ decision to start the year with Kris Bryant at AAA Iowa for a variety of reasons. Nothing I say herein will change that.

… but it is a CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY that Bryant will not be in the lineup for the Cubs’ one and only trip to Coors Field this year. No automobile in the Western United States would have been safe.

As it stands, we’ll just have to hope Jorge Soler, Anthony Rizzo, Mike Olt, Travis Wood, and, ok, every other Cub combine for about 45 homers in this series. Then we can feel OK about missing out on high-altitude Bryant.


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We’re Going Streaking

The Cubs split the two games they managed to play against the Cardinals at Wrigley.

The Rockies, on the other hand, swept the Brewers in Milwaukee, outscoring them 20-6 in the process. Here’s hoping they got that out of their system.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Friday, April 10 at 3:10 CT on WGN-9.
  • Saturday, April 11 at 7:10 CT on CSN+.
  • Sunday, April 12 at 3:10 CT on WGN-9.

Or you can watch on MLB.tv.

Expected Starters and Lineups

These lineups are likely to be pretty close to what actually gets fielded, but you’ll want to check each day’s Pre-Gamin’ post for the actual lineup.

Cubs

Starters: Travis Wood (5.03 ERA, 4.38 FIP; 1.92 K/BB (2014)), Jason Hammel (3.47 ERA, 3.92 FIP; 3.59 K/BB (2014)), Kyle Hendricks (2.46 ERA, 3.32 FIP; 3.11 K/BB (2014))


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Lineup:

  1. Dexter Fowler, CF
  2. Jorge Soler, RF
  3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
  4. Starlin Castro, SS
  5. Chris Coghlan, LF
  6. Mike Olt, 3B
  7. Miguel Montero, C
  8. Pitcher
  9. Arismendy Alcantara/Tommy La Stella, 2B (and rotating at 3B)

Rockies

Starters: Tyler Matsek (4.05 ERA, 3.78 FIP; 2.07 K/BB (2014)), Kyle Kendrick (0.00 ERA, 1.44 FIP; 6.00 K/BB), Jordan Lyles (3.00 ERA, 3.06 FIP; 2.00 K/BB)

Lineup:

  1. Charlie Blackmon, CF
  2. Carlos Gonzalez, RF
  3. Troy Tulowitzki, SS
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B
  5. Nolan Arenado, 3B
  6. Corey Dickerson, LF
  7. Nick Hundley/Wilin Rosario, C
  8. D.J. LeMahieu, 2B
  9. Pitcher

Hot or Not and Whom to Watch

Although I like the L/R matchups for Travis Wood in this one, I’m nervous about seeing his fly-ball tendencies expressed in Coors Field

With just two games in the books, there’s not much in the way of “hot” or “not” from which to draw. David Ross is currently the only Cub with an above-average wRC+. That probably won’t last.


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As for the Rockies, an opposite story has played out in the early going: Justin Morneau and Charlie Blackmon are the only Rockies without an above-average wRC+. Their numbers were borderline silly across the board in that Brewers series, with Gonzalez, Tulowitzki, Arenado, and Dickerson, in particular, shining.

Kyle Kendrick was the team’s big offseason addition and opening day starter, which, like, yeah. He did shut down the Brewers, though.

Jordan Lyles is just 24 years old, but is already in his 5th partial big league season.


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor of Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.

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