Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago White Sox: Live stream, start times, preview
By Kevin Henry
The Colorado Rockies (50-38) are desperately searching for a spark heading into the All-Star break. They’ll hope to find it when the Chicago White Sox visit Coors Field this weekend to finish up the first half of the regular season.
Colorado is just 3-7 in its last 10 games and is coming off a disappointing split against the Cincinnati Reds in Denver. Despite Cincinnati having the highest ERA in Major League Baseball, Colorado’s offense was unable to break out of its collective funk, totaling just 14 runs during the four-game series.
One of the biggest reasons for Colorado’s futility has been its sudden inability to find the gaps and hit the long ball. The Rockies have just 10 extra-base hits in the month of July, and one of those was a massive 467-foot home run of the bat of pitcher Jon Gray. That blast was Colorado’s longest home run of the season.
Colorado has a 4-2 mark this season against Chicago’s north side team (the Cubs) and is hoping to duplicate that success against the White Sox, who come into Coors Field with a 37-47 record. That places the White Sox in last place in the American League Central.
The White Sox are just 18-29 on the road this season, which could set the table for the Rockies to once again regain their home field swagger … if the offense wakes up.
Here’s a look at how the series is shaping up at Coors Field…
Probable Pitching Matchups
Friday at 6:40 pm MT
Colorado’s German Marquez (6-9, 4.41 ERA) vs. Chicago’s Derek Holland (5-8, 4.52 ERA)
Saturday at 7:10 pm MT
Colorado’s Jeff Hoffman (5-1, 4.01 ERA) vs. Chicago’s Jose Quintana (4-8, 4.45 ERA)
Sunday at 1:10 pm MT
Colorado’s Kyle Freeland (8-7, 4.09 ERA) vs. Chicago’s Carlos Rodon (1-1, 1.59 ERA)
Notes on pitching matchups: Saturday could be the matchup where the most eyes will focus. Quintana has been the subject of trade rumors throughout the season and Rockies fans will get to see first-hand what his stuff looks like. Could this be a possible audition if the Rockies are looking to acquire a starter at the trading deadline?
Rodon is coming off a 10-strikeout performance in a July 4 win over the Oakland A’s. This will be just his third start of the season after suffering a biceps injury in spring training. This article says a lot is expected of the left-hander for years to come by White Sox management.
He’ll be facing Freeland, who has allowed less than four earned runs in just one of his last five starts.
How to watch or listen
Colorado TV: Root Sports Rocky Mountain
Chicago TV: CSN Chicago (Friday and Sunday), WGN (Saturday)
Colorado Radio: KOA
Chicago Radio: WLS
Note: Games are also streaming on MLB.TV
Next: Colorado Rockies trade rumors: The shortstop edition
Statistic to know
So far in July, White Sox pitchers have surrendered nine homers (tied for fifth-highest in Major League Baseball) and have a combined 5.82 ERA, ranking them 24th out of MLB’s 30 teams.