Tyler Matzek (6-11, 4.05 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (3-0) meet Jason Hammel (10-11, 3.47 ERA) and the Chicago Cubs (1-1) in the first of a three-game series at Coors Field. The game starts at 4:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 10 and will air on WGN and ROOT-RM.
Matzek takes the hill after pitching 117.2 innings last season, finishing 6-11 with a 4.05 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 91 strikeouts. Corey Dickerson (.417 ) continued his hot start Wednesday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Hammel takes the hill on the other side. He pitched 176.1 innings last season, going 10-11 with a 3.47 ERA 1.12 WHIP, and 14 strikeouts. Starlin Castro (.286 ) went 1 for 3 Wednesday with one run and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. The Rockies are an exceptional hitting team with an NL-best 12.7 hits per game. Turning to the pitching and defensive side, the Colorado pitching staff and defense has been very good, only giving up 2.0 runs per game. The Rockies don't give up many walks to opposing batters, ranking fifth in the NL with only 2.0 walks allowed per game.
Predictions: SU Winner - COL
The Cubs were able to pitch a shutout in last game's win, bringing their total to one this season. Their next opponent, Colorado, has not been shut out this season.
In extra innings, the Rockies are 1-0.
Ranking first in runs, Colorado has earned 20 this season. Chicago ranks 27th with two runs.
Both Colorado and Chicago are tied at 24th in walks with a total of three this season.