Preview: Cubs at Rockies
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[August 05, 2014]
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Another of the Chicago Cubs' highly-touted
prospects will arrive Tuesday, as infielder Javier Baez is expected to
make his major-league debut when they begin a three-game road series
against the Colorado Rockies. Baez struggled early in the season at
Triple-A Iowa but has come on strong and is hitting .260 with 24
doubles, 23 homers, 80 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. He and the retooled
Cubs lineup hope to send the Rockies to their fifth straight defeat.
Colorado has dropped seven of its last eight games while
averaging 2.88 runs and is coming off a 4-0 shutout at Detroit on
Sunday. Baez, one of the top prospects in the Cubs' loaded farm
system, is expected to play second base for Chicago despite playing
shortstop for most of his time in the minors. He moved to the
keystone this season because of Starlin Castro's status as the
big-league club's shortstop and has made only two errors in 85
chances at his new position.
TV: 8:40 p.m. ET, CSN-Plus (Chicago), ROOT (Colorado)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Cubs LH Travis Wood (7-9, 5.10 ERA) vs. Rockies LH
Brett Anderson (1-3, 3.12)
Wood is 0-4 with a whopping 6.33 ERA over his last eight outings
with just one quality start in that span. The 27-year-old racked up
a career-high 11 strikeouts against the Rockies on Wednesday, but he
gave up four runs over six innings and didn't factor in the
decision. He is 1-1 with a 2.77 ERA in five games (four starts)
against Colorado and is looking for his first win at Coors Field.
Anderson has posted three straight quality starts but has just one
win to show for it. He didn't get a decision in Wednesday's outing
against Chicago despite giving up only two runs over seven innings
with nine strikeouts. The 26-year-old is making his second career
start against the Cubs.
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1. Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo is hitting .333 during an eight-game hitting
streak and has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 games.
2. The Rockies are hitting .214 as a team over their past eight games
with more strikeouts (88) than hits (63).
3. Chicago OF Chris Coghlan has recorded multiple hits in five straight
games and is batting .478 during a six-game hitting streak.
PREDICTION: Rockies 6, Cubs 4
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