Cubs vs. Rockies: Series Thread (Games 127-129)
The Cubs will be working to break a 13-game home losing streak as they take on the Colorado Rockies. See below for the 3-game matchups.
Game 127, Monday, August 23, 7:05 pm central
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (14-5, 4.04 ERA)
COL: RHP Antonio Senzatela (2-9, 4.58 ERA)
Hendricks bounced back from a horrendous start, and end of his undefeated streak, to pitch six innings and allow only one earned run in Cincinnati. He remains the Cubs' only bonified MLB starting pitcher.
The 26-year-old Senzatela has been coaxing groundballs at the major league level since 2017. He took a step forward in the shortened season and has continued to progress in 2021. He misses few bats, but he also limits the walks and keeps the ball on the ground pretty effectively.
Game 128, Tuesday, August 24, 7:05 pm central
CHC: LHP Justin Steele (2-2, 3.22 ERA)
COL: RHP German Marquez (11-9, 3.80 ERA)
Steele showed off some decent heat and a sharp slider in his last start, collecting five strikeouts in four innings. He walked three as well, however, and could not go past the fourth inning.
Marquez got blasted in San Francisco a couple starts ago and allowed three earned runs in 6.1 innings in his last start. Before that he'd had about a month-and-a-half of solid starts.
Game 129, Wednesday, August 25, 1:20 pm central
CHC: RHP Zach Davies (6-10, 5.04 ERA)
COL: LHP Austin Gomber (9-7, 4.15 ERA)
Is Zach Davies having the worst season of his career? Yes. Is he still better than most of the other options currently available to the Cubs? Apparently.
Gomber has struggled to miss bats for a couple starts in a row and has allowed eight earned runs in his last nine innings pitched. That's come on six walks and thirteen hits. His velo is also down a tad since the height of the season, so he may be showing some signs of weariness.