Colorado vs Cincinnati by Sors

Eddie Butler (2-2 with a 4.13 ERA) takes the mound Thursday night as the Colorado Rockies look to avoid eighth loss in eleven games and third in their four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at Coors Field.


It won’t be an easy task actually, given the fact that the right-hander had obvious problems in his previous two home starts this year, surrendering 13 hits and 8 runs over ten innings in those two outings against the Mets on May 14 (7-4) and San Francisco Giants last Saturday (5-10).In fact, he’s posted a 6.88 ERA in ten career starts at Coors Field.


Butler is 0-0 with a 5.25 ERA in two career starts versus Cincinnati.


Jay Bruce is hitting .500 (3-for-6) with a double off him, while Joey Votto has 2 hits in 6 at-bats in the matchup.


The Cincinnati Reds will counter with Alfredo Simon (1-5 with a 9.60 ERA), who gave up 3 hits and 3 runs (two earned), while walking two over four innings of 7-6 win at Milwaukee last Saturday.


Simon, however, posted an 18.00 ERA in his previous three road contests this season and is 0-2 with an 11.25 ERA in two career starts against the Rockies.


The right-hander yielded 10 hits and 7 runs (five earned) over five innings in his lone start at Coors Field on Aug. 14, 2014 (3-7).


Carlos Gonzalez (0-for-4) and Gerardo Para (2-for-10) have struggled against him, but Charlie Blackmon is 3-for-6, with a homer and 2 RBI, DJ LeMahieu is 2-for-5 with a walk, Nolan Arenado is 2-for-7, with a double and an RBI, while Daniel Descalso is hitting .222 (2-for-9) against Simon, but with a double, triple, 2 RBI and a walk.


The Colorado Rockies have scored five or more runs in seven of their last ten games at Coors Field (6-4), while the Reds have .290 BA, with 38 runs and 12 HR from their last six games (3-3).


I expect more than eleven runs in the final game of this series between the Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds.


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