Share & Comment:

Series Preview: NL last place Rockies face off again AL-worst Chicago White Sox

It’s not exactly going to be the contest of champions as the Colorado Rockies (27-53), owners of the worst record in the National League, head to the southside of Chicago to face off agasint the American League’s worst team, the Chicago White Sox (22-61).

The Rockies have not had much luck this month, having failed to win consecutive games or a series in June. Lackluster offense and inconsistent bullpen work led to the Rockies problems during their recent home stand as their struggles compounded in a two-game set with the Houston Astros. The Rockies are hoping to get right against a team struggling just as much or moreso than them, but still have their work cut out for them if the offense can figure things out.

The collapse of the White Sox this season has been one of the bigger stories in baseball as they own the worst record in baseball, despite having a decent pitching staff at their disposal. The White Sox were able to sneak in a 1-0 victory against the Atlanta Braves on Thursday in a makeup game, stopping a four-game slide they had been on. The offense hasn’t been able to do enough to win games or the bullpen hasn’t done enough to keep things from getting out of hand. Things haven’t been clicking for the White Sox and they will look to find a little more consistency against the Rockies.

Pitching Probables

6/28: Dakota Hudson (2-10, 5.63 ERA) vs. Drew Thorpe (1-1, 5.02 ERA)

It’s been a tale of two seasons for Dakota Hudson with the Rockies this season. At home, he has generally struggled quite a bit but has proven to be a quality starter away from the confines of Coors Field. In seven starts on the road, Hudson has a 3.07 ERA compared to an 8.58 ERA at home this season. He struggled in his last outing against the Washington Nationals where he lasted just three innings, giving up eight runs on 11 hits. Luckily, a pitch-to-contact hitter like Hudson may find some success against the White Sox’s struggling offense.

White Sox third-ranked prospect Drew Thorpe toes the rubber for the fourth start of his career. In two of the previous three starts, Thorpe was as good as advertised, including six shutout innings in his last outing against the Detroit Tigers. He has struggled with his command, allowing 11 walks in 14 1/3 innings against nine walks. He’s been improving with each start and the Rockies will prove an easier challenge in theory.

6/29: Cal Quantrill (6-5, 3.50 ERA) vs. Jonathan Cannon (1-2, 4.59 ERA)

The Rockies are still debating what to do with Cal Quantrill as he looks to continue to raise his potential trade stock. Ranked as one of the most valuable pitchers in baseball according to bWAR, Quantrill enters the game with a 3.50 ERA looking to build off another quality start in his last outing. Quantrill has a 3.42 ERA this month in 26 1/3 innings, but walks have been a little more of annoyance this month.

The White Sox will send out another rookie in the form of Jonathan Cannon, their 11th-ranked prospect. Prior to his last appearance where he gave up eight runs in a single inning of work against the Tigers, Cannon had been enjoying a solid month. Before the clunker, he had allowed just one run over 15 2/3 innings with 11 strikeouts. He doesn’t walk many and can get a decent handful of strikeouts as needed.

6/30: Kyle Freeland (0-3, 9.55 ERA) vs. Garrett Crochet (6-6, 3.05 ERA)

Six shutout innings was a welcome sight from Kyle Freeland as he returned from the 60-day injured list in his last outing. Working quickly and efficiently, Freeland handcuffed the Nationals to lower his ERA to 9.55 after it was quite inflated from a bad April. He’ll get another less taxing opponent with the White Sox as the Rockies hope he can replicate that success.

There are fewer starting pitchers more valuable this trade season than Garrett Crochet. The former first round pick has transitioned well to the rotation this season afte rspending his first couple of seasons in the bullpen. In 17 starts he has a 3.05 ERA with 130 strikeouts to just 20 walks. June has been a good month for Crochet as he’s allowed more than one earned run just once. In his last outing he tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He pounds the zone and generates plenty of swing and miss, a recipe that may not bode well for the Rockies.



Sign up below for the latest news, stories and podcasts from our affiliates

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.