The Colorado Rockies make an extra trip to Chicago on Monday when they face the Cubs for a makeup of a rained out game on April 27. Except there was no rain that day, just a forecast of extremely poor weather that never materialized. So instead of enjoying a day off before hosting the Chicago White Sox this week, the Rockies land in Chicago after dropping two of three to the New York Yankees.
In the first two games of that series in Chicago, the Rockies took both of them with 5-3 and 4-3 victories. Esmil Rogers and Jorge De La Rosa pitched both those games. Rogers soon went on the disabled list and De La Rosa just a few weeks later.
The Rockies have Jhoulys Chacin (8-4, 2.71 ERA) on the mound for this game. While he missed the series in Chicago, he did throw a complete game shutout against the Cubs in Coors Field on April 15, back when it looked like the Rockies were the kings of the baseball world. Chacin won his first three starts in June, but took a no-decision in his last start (the Rockies won, 4-3). He's only allowed three runs this month and he's pitched at least six innings in all four starts. His six walks in his last start are the only real issues with which to wonder about.
Matt Garza (3-6, 4.11 ERA) makes his third start against the Rockies this season, losing the first two. Garza was the opposing pitcher when Chacin threw his gem on April 15. Garza allowed all five runs in the loss. Ten days later on April 25, Garza allowed five more runs in a 5-3 loss, though just one run was charged to him. It didn't help that shortstop Starlin Castro committed three errors in the second inning, allowing three runs to score. Garza also erred and allowed a run to score in the fifth inning.
Game time is schedule for 12:20 p.m. MT.