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Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies Preview and Predictions 06-12-2019 in MLB


The Colorado Rockies try for their 11th straight home victory and a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday afternoon. Colorado (35-31) rolled to a 10-3 victory Tuesday behind a combined five RBIs from Charlie Blackmon and Daniel Murphy as it continues pursuit of a third straight National League wild-card berth.

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"We need to keep playing well, winning games here and staying playoff-relevant,'' Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich told reporters. "We haven't yet gotten over that hump here - three over, four over - we're still hovering in and around that .500 area. We haven't taken that next step up that we took last year and the year before." Colorado's starters own the worst ERA in baseball at 5.59 but received another boost from right-hander Peter Lambert, who is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA in two career starts - both against the Cubs - after allowing one run in five innings Tuesday. Chicago (37-29) was 41 games over .500 on the road from 2015-18 - the best record in the NL during that span - but is 13-18 this season with four contests looming at Dodger Stadium starting Thursday. The Cubs' Cole Hamels takes the ball Wednesday after not allowing an earned run in each of his last two starts and opposes Antonio Senzatela, who is 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in his last three outings.

TV: 3:10 p.m. ET, MLB Network; NBCS Chicago, AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Colorado)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Cole Hamels (5-2, 3.24 ERA) vs. Rockies RH Antonio Senzatela (5-4, 4.95)

Hamels allowed three hits and a walk while striking out 10 in eight scoreless innings of a 3-1 victory over the Cardinals on Friday. The 35-year-old Californian was a tough-luck loser in his previous outing after yielding one unearned run, two hits and two walks in a 2-1 loss at St. Louis on June 2. Murphy and Ian Desmond have a combined two home runs and 22 strikeouts in 116 at-bats against Hamels, who is 4-4 with a 3.20 ERA in 11 games against the Rockies - 2-2, 379 in six turns at Coors Field.

Senzatela outperformed reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom in a 5-1 victory over the Mets in New York on Friday when he allowed a solo home run among four hits in six innings. The 24-year-old Venezuelan was also sharp in a victory over Toronto and a no-decision against Arizona, lowering his WHIP to 1.53 and batting average against to .286. Chicago's batters are hitting .333 against Senzatela, who is 1-0 with a 7.50 ERA in three games (two starts) against the Cubs.

WALK-OFFS

1. Blackmon hit a three-run homer Tuesday and has reached base in 22 straight games and in all 21 contests this season at home, where he's hitting .414 with 10 home runs and 19 RBIs.

2. Chicago 3B David Bote, who grew up some 35 miles north of Coors Field in Longmont, Colo., is 3-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs scored in the series.

3. Colorado 3B Nolan Arenado and Chicago SS Javier Baez are 1-2 in the NL in multi-hit games with 26 and 25.

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Coors Field
Denver, Colorado, USA.
Capacity: 51,267

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Last Injuries

Colorado Rockies

  • Trevor Story

    Thumb
    Ques Sun | 10-day IL

    Story has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb sprain, and it is undetermined if he will return to action against the Dodgers on Sunday.

  • Brendan Rodgers

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Rodgers has landed on the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder impingement, and it is unknown how much time he will need to heal.

  • Ian Desmond

    Lower Body
    Prob Tues | probable

    Desmond sat out the last game with a lower-body injury but is expected to partake in Tuesday's tilt against the Giants.

  • Daniel Murphy

    Rest
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Murphy is not expected to be in Tuesday's lineup versus the Giants due to a day of rest.

  • Nolan Arenado

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Arenado is not expected to be in the starting lineup for Sunday's contest versus the Dodgers as he is likely to be given the day to rest.

  • Charlie Blackmon

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Blackmon is not expected to suit up against the Dodgers on Sunday due to a day of rest.

  • Nolan Arenado

    Toe
    Prob Fri | probable

    Arenado was removed from the previous game due to a left big toe contusion, but is expected to play and start in Friday's contest against the Dodgers.

  • Daniel Murphy

    Rest
    Ques Thurs | questionable

    Murphy is not expected to be in the starting lineup for Thursday's contest versus the Diamondbacks as he is likely to receive a day of rest.

Chicago Cubs

  • Xavier Cedeno

    Wrist
    Early July | 10-day IL

    Cedeno has landed on the 10-day injured list with inflammation in his left wrist. He is likely to be out until the early part of July.

  • Carl Edwards Jr.

    Back
    Early July | 10-day IL

    Edwards Jr. is on the 10-day injured list due to a left thoracic strain, and he is expected to be out of commission until at least the start of July.

  • Kyle Hendricks

    Shoulder
    Early July | 10-day IL

    Hendricks has been designated for the 10-day injured list with a right shoulder impingement, and he is likely to be out of action until at least the All-Star break.

  • Tony Barnette

    Shoulder
    Prob Sun | probable

    Barnette has been activated from the 60-day injured list after recovering from right shoulder tightness and is likely to be available for Sunday's matchup against the Mets.

  • Anthony Rizzo

    Rest
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Rizzo is not expected to be in the starting lineup for Saturday's matchup against the Mets as he is likely to receive a day of erst.

  • Willson Contreras

    Rest
    Ques Tues | questionable

    Contreras is not expected to be in the starting lineup against the White Sox's as he will likely be given a day of rest.

  • Steve Cishek

    Shin
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Cishek has missed the last four games due to a right knee bone bruise, and his availability for Sunday's tilt against the Dodgers is in question.

  • Willson Contreras

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Contreras is not likely to be in the lineup for Wednesday's games against the Rockies as he is expected to get a day of rest.

colorado-rockies Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Peter Lambert 4 4 8 1 5 0 0 0 2 5 0 1 0 .625 .625 .625
Charlie Blackmon 63 62 277 56 91 19 6 18 49 176 2 52 2 .329 .635 .372
Nolan Arenado 78 76 302 57 97 17 2 19 62 175 2 44 2 .321 .579 .385
David Dahl 70 64 262 48 83 21 4 9 40 139 2 76 4 .317 .531 .367
Tony Wolters 56 50 172 25 52 11 1 1 22 68 0 27 1 .302 .395 .374
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Bryan Shaw 41 0 133 32 3 41 6 1 21 0 0 3 16 699
Carlos Estevez 38 0 111 46 1 41 7 1 20 0 0 1 13 640
Scott Oberg 33 0 113 38 0 23 3 2 10 0 0 1 16 602
Mike Dunn 28 0 53 15 0 17 4 0 14 0 0 0 6 302
Wade Davis 25 0 66 24 0 24 2 0 12 0 0 4 15 431
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Tony Wolters 56 50 0 19 10 0 0 2
Chris Iannetta 33 24 0 13 2 2 0 2
Tom Murphy 30 28 0 9 5 2 0 2
Brendan Rodgers 25 18 0 0 0 5 0 0
Carlos Estevez 35 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

chicago-cubs Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Mike Montgomery 16 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .333 .333 .333
Willson Contreras 68 61 224 36 66 12 0 16 47 126 1 69 2 .295 .563 .389
Javier Baez 77 76 310 52 89 19 3 19 52 171 5 96 5 .287 .552 .327
Tyler Chatwood 18 2 7 1 2 2 0 0 1 4 0 3 0 .286 .571 .375
Victor Caratini 28 16 70 10 20 7 0 1 9 30 0 19 0 .286 .429 .375
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Kyle Ryan 35 0 83 28 0 26 3 1 12 0 0 1 9 464
Steve Cishek 34 0 100 37 2 24 2 0 11 0 0 3 12 566
Brad Brach 33 0 94 36 1 32 1 1 20 0 0 1 23 618
Brandon Kintzler 33 0 99 30 2 19 4 2 8 0 0 0 8 454
Carl Edwards Jr. 19 0 45 17 0 7 3 0 10 0 0 0 8 278
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Willson Contreras 68 61 3 18 11 9 0 5
Taylor Davis 6 4 0 11 0 0 0 1
Victor Caratini 28 16 1 9 2 2 0 2
Adbert Alzolay 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Addison Russell 37 25 0 0 0 1 0 0