National League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, June 3rd
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Rockies (30-27) at Cincinnati Reds (35-22), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Tyler Chatwood (3-0, 2.12)
Cincinnati - Bronson Arroyo (5-5, 3.75)
(Sports Network) - Two teams sharing second-place standings in National League
division races get together on Monday night when the Cincinnati Reds host the
Colorado Rockies in the opener of a three-game series at Great American Ball
The Reds, who dropped a 5-4 verdict at home to Pittsburgh on Sunday, are tied
with the Pirates in the NL Central, where they trail the first-place St. Louis
Cardinals by 2 1/2 games.
The Cardinals, Reds and Pirates have the three best records in the NL.
Meanwhile, Colorado was a 7-2 winner over Los Angeles on Sunday and kept pace
with front-running Arizona in the NL West.
The Rockies are tied with defending world champion San Francisco, also 2 1/2
games behind the Diamondbacks.
Cincinnati sends veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo to the mound with a
chance to restart a win streak that ended in his last start.
Arroyo won three straight outings between May 12-24 while allowing 16 hits and
three runs over 20 1/3 innings.
The run ended on May 29 at Cleveland, where Arroyo was nicked for five runs on
eight hits in 5 2/3 innings of a 5-2 loss to the Indians in an interleague
Arroyo is 3-3 in 12 lifetime meeting with the Rockies - including 10 starts -
while allowing 33 earned runs in 59 2/3 innings.
He's 4-1 in six home starts this season.
He's opposed by Colorado righty Tyler Chatwood, who was five years old when
Arroyo was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1995.
Chatwood was 5-6 in 19 appearances for the Rockies last season and debuted for
them this season on April 24 with a no-decision against Atlanta.
He won three straight starts after that outing while allowing a single run on
16 hits over 17 2/3 innings, but the streak ended with a no-decision in a 6-3
Colorado loss to Houston on May 29.
In 29 2/3 overall innings, Chatwood has given up 29 hits and seven earned runs
and a .266 opposition batting average.
He has never faced the Reds.
On Sunday in Colorado, Dexter Fowler had three RBI and accounted for two of
four Colorado homers as the Rockies rolled to a victory over the Los Angeles
Dodgers at Coors Field.
Michael Cuddyer and Todd Helton added solo shots to back seven solid innings
from Jorge De La Rosa and help the Rockies claim the rubber match of the
three-game series. Cuddyer finished with two RBI in the triumph.
De La Rosa (7-3) held the Dodgers to two runs on six hits while striking out
five to move to 5-0 in his five Coors Field starts this season.
In Pittsburgh, Travis Snider's two-out single in the bottom of the 11th inning
drove in the deciding run and lifted the Pirates to a come-from-behind victory
over the Reds at PNC Park.
Zack Cozart went 2-for-6 with an RBI triple for Cincinnati, which mustered
only five hits total after its four-run first.
Reds starter Mat Latos struck out seven while giving up just two runs on three
hits through six innings. Alfredo Simon (4-2) was saddled with the loss after
allowing the winning run to score unearned over a 2 2/3-inning stint.
The Reds won five of six from the Rockies in 2012 to tie the all-time series
record at 81-81 since 1993. Colorado won the 2011 series, 4-3.
06/03 10:43:53 ET