Since I did this already for the last series, I'll copy over the teams' 2017 numbers here.
- OBP: Kris Bryant (.409)
- ISO: Ian Happ (.261)
- HR: Anthony Rizzo (32)
- R+RBI: Rizzo (208)
- wRC+: Bryant (146)
- BSR: Bryant (4.8)
- DRS: Jason Heyward (18)
- SP K/9: Jose Quintana (10.46)
- SP BB/9: Quintana (2.24)
- SP FIP: Quintana (3.25)
- RP FIP: Carl Edwards Jr (12.75)
- RP BB/9: Brandon Morrow (1.85)
- RP FIP: Morrow (1.55)
- WAR: Bryant (6.7)
- OBP: Chuck Blackmon (.399)
- ISO: Nolan Arenado (.277)
- HR: Blackmon/Arenado (37)
- R+RBI: Blackmon (241)
- wRC+: Blackmon (141)
- BSR: Blackmon (2.0)
- DRS: Arenado (20)
- SP K/9: Jon Gray (9.14)
- SP BB/9: Chad Bettis (2.14)
- SP FIP: Gray (3.18)
- RP K/9: Wade Davis (12.12)
- RP BB/9: Chris Rusin (2.08)
- RP FIP: Jake McGee (2.93)
- WAR: Blackmon (6.5)
Injuries, transactions, vengenace pacts, etc.
The Rockies have a relatively long injury report, including DJ LeMahieu, who missed the weekend's games with hamstring tightness, and Carlos Gonzalez, who is working his way back from a hamstring injury of his own that required a DL stint. Former Cubs Chris Rusin and Zac Rosscup are both on the DL, and two of the three pitchers the Cubs are facing in this series (Freeland and Anderson) had to leave starts early due to health issues (hit on foot by line drive and irregular heartbeat, respectively).
The Cubs are back to full strength with Zobrist off the DL and Bryant in the lineup. Now if only Rizzo would start hitting like Rizzo. I guess Eddie Butler is still on the DL but I'm not sure if that counts towards 'full strength', early season success notwithstanding.
Projected K/9, BB/9, ERA listed for each pitcher.
Monday: Kyle Freeland, LHP (6.52, 3.40, 4.84) vs Jon Lester, LHP (8.83, 2.64, 3.72), 6:10 PM CT
Freeland was a breakout rookie for the Rockies last year, at least by Rockies standards. A 4.10 ERA for a rookie who pitches half his games at Coors is not bad. He doesn't strike too many out but instead relies on generating a lot of ground balls. He was hit in the foot by a comebacker in his last start but should be good to go in this one. Both of these guys did not pitch in the previous matchup between these teams.
Tuesday: Jon Gray, RHP (9.29, 2.92, 4.14) vs Kyle Hendricks RHP (7.90, 2.27, 3.66), 7:10 PM CT
The Cubs were all over Gray at Coors, scoring seven runs on eight hits and three walks and striking out just once in five innings. He bounced back with an eleven strikeout game against the hapless Padres offense, but hopefully the Cubs can keep the hits coming. Hendricks had an adequate three run, five inning outing at Coors, but most importantly has not issued a walk in each of his last two starts.
Wednesday: Tyler Anderson, LHP (8.10, 3.41, 4.51) vs Yu Darvish, RHP (10.89, 3.07, 3.43), 1:20 PM CT
Anderson performed fairly well against the Cubs in the last series, picking up a win after allowing two first inning runs, including a double from Contreras that was inches away from a home run. He crusied the rest of his outing and left in the seventh. He left his last start in the second inning due to dizziness and shortness of breath, but the trainers didn't think it was too serious, and were just being cautious. Still something to watch out for, especially since teams are probably extra vigilant after what happened with Danny Farquhar.