Don’t waste time trying to draw any conclusions about the three-game weekend series the Rockies will play against the Reds at Great American Ballpark.
None of the Rockies scheduled starting pitchers have ever faced the Reds before, much less pitched at GABP. Bronson Arroyo, scheduled to start Sunday for the Reds, is the only one of six starting pitchers familiar with the opponent.
And Arroyo is trying to make a comeback at age 40 from Tommy John surgery which kept him from pitching the last two seasons. It’s been a struggle. He is not only 3-3 with a 6.31 ERA, but has given up 11 home runs in 41 1 /3 innings.
He is 5-4 lifetime against the Rockies, making 13 starts in 15 appearances, but has a 5.00 ERA and has given up 16 home runs in 77 1/3 innings. Lisalveto Bonilla makes his second start with the Reds in Friday’s opener and Tim Adelman will start on Saturday.
The Rockies will start Tyler Anderson on Friday, and the rookie combination of Antonio Senzatela on Saturday and Kyle Freeland on Sunday.
Seven members of the Rockies bullpen have pitched at GABP, but the experiences have been limited.
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THE ROCKIES are 20-24 at Great America Ballpark. They have had one complete game, but it was a loss, Jhoulys Chacin working all eight innings in the Reds 2-1 win on Aug. 11, 2011. There is only one player on each team who appeared in that game still with the team — Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez, and Reds first baseman Joey Votto.
THE ROCKIES have had the second biggest drop in team ERA from a year ago to now in the National League, according to Stats, Inc., and the Reds have had the fourth best improvement:
Team 2016 2017 Diff
Arizona Diamondbacks 5.09 3.79 -1.30
Colorado Rockies 4.91 4.19 -0.72
St. Louis Cardinals 4.08 3.60 -0.48
Cincinnati Reds 4.91 4.48 -0.43
Los Angeles Dodgers 3.70 3.31 -0.39