CBS Sports‘ preview of the series paints a picture of two struggling teams hoping to stay in contention in a division they led last year, with both franchises also three games back in the National League wild-card race.
The Rockies will put Jhoulys Chacin on the mound tonight, a young pitcher with a lot of potential but who sits mired in a 5-8 record this season and with a 4.04 ERA. What remains to be seen is whether outfielder and sometime fan-favorite Brad Hawpe stays on the team.
The Denver Post reports that by putting Hawpe (pictured) on waivers, other teams have 48 hours to claim him. If someone does, the Rockies could pull Hawpe back, negotiate a trade with the new team, or let him walk away for nothing. The bottom line is that the Rockies are disappointed in the onetime power slugger, who’s hitting just .252 with only seven home runs (via MLB.com), and who has been plagued with injuries all year.
Meanwhile, ESPN notes that the team has signed its first overall draft pick this year. Kyle Parker has negotiated a way to remain Clemson’s starting quarterback and enter the Rockies developmental system at the same time.