Colorado Rockies Week 18 Preview: August 3-9

Gray Days are finally here! Photo Credit: Rob Tringali - Getty Images North America
Gray Days are finally here!
Photo Credit: Rob Tringali – Getty Images North America

Gray Day is finally here! After months of anticipation, Jon Gray has finally been promoted to the Colorado Rockies and will make his Major League debut on Tuesday night at Coors Field against the Colorado Rockies. After a really rough April that saw Gray put up a 10.70 ERA in four starts that spanned 17 2/3 innings, Gray has been fantastic pitching in Triple-A Albuquerque of the Pacific Coast League. His 3.17 ERA in 96 2/3 innings to go with 33 walks and 93 strikeouts is even more impressive when you consider how hitter-friendly both Gray’s league and home park were.

One of the primary concerns about Gray was his low strikeout rate that had some concerned he wouldn’t be able to miss enough bats to be successful at the Major League level. Those concerns weren’t unfounded, as through his first 12 appearances of the season Gray had just 6 strikeouts per nine innings. In the nine starts since then, however, he has laid those worries completely to rest. In 46 2/3 innings, Gray has struck out a whopping 65 hitters. That’s 12.63 strikeouts per nine innings, more than enough to be optimistic for his future Major League success. The rest of this season is relatively unimportant, but I’d recommend checking in every fifth day to watch Gray pitch. Let’s take a look at everything coming up in week 18 of the regular season.

Season record: 44-59 (5th in NL West, 15 GB of LAD)
Number of games this week: Six (3 vs. Seattle Mariners, 3 at Washington Nationals)

Season record of this week’s opponents:
Seattle Mariners – 48-58 (4th in AL West)
Washington Nationals – 54-49 (T-1st in NL East)

Daily opponent and projected pitching match-up:

Monday, August 3 – Seattle Mariners at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Felix Hernandez (12-6, 3.02 ERA) vs. Eddie Butler (3-7, 4.82 ERA)

Tuesday, August 4 – Seattle Mariners at Colorado Rockies (6:40 PM MDT)
Vidal Nuno (0-1, 2.02 ERA) vs. Jon Gray (MLB Debut)

Wednesday, August 5 – Seattle Mariners at Colorado Rockies (1:10 PM MDT)
Taijuan Walker (8-7, 4.73 ERA) vs. Chris Rusin (3-4, 4.61 ERA)

Thursday, August 6 – Day off

Friday, August 7 – Colorado Rockies at Washington Nationals (5:05 PM MDT)
Jorge De La Rosa (7-4, 4-87 ERA) vs. Jordan Zimmermann (8-7, 3.54 ERA)

Saturday, August 8 – Colorado Rockies at Washington Nationals (5:05 PM MDT)
Yohan Flande (1-1, 3.67 ERA) vs. Doug Fister (4-6, 4.39 ERA)

Sunday, August 9 – Colorado Rockies at Washington Nationals (11:35 AM MDT)
Eddie Butler (3-7, 4.82 ERA) vs. Max Scherzer (11-8, 2.22 ERA)

Be sure to subscribe, like View from the Rooftop on Facebook, follow on Twitter, and take a look back at week 17 of the regular season that includes highlights, the Rockies player and pitcher of the week, and a breakdown of the players received in the Troy Tulowitzki blockbuster trade.

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