The Colorado Rockies host the Cincinnati Reds this weekend to complete the home-and-home series on the schedule. Both teams are playing out the season with the postseason far from sight. The Reds are 14 games behind the Brewers for the NL Central lead, good for third place. The Rockies are 67-76 and 15.5 games behind the Diamondbacks for the NL West lead.
This series, though, will feature a couple of good, young catching prospects. The Rockies have 22-year-old Wilin Rosario, who hit his first career home in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. Devin Mesoraco is 23 and was the player the Reds were unwilling to move had they wanted to trade for Ubaldo Jimenez.
Homer Bailey (7-7, 4.57 ERA) was also rumored at one point to be a trade chip in a Ubaldo Jimenez deal, but the Rockies picked up other pieces (notably Alex White and Drew Pomeranz) from the Indians. Bailey threw just three innings in his last start, a 6-4 loss to the Cardinals. He allowed five of the six runs. In August, he also pitched just three innings against the Rockies while at the Great American Ball Park. In 2009, he did throw 5-2/3 innings of one-run ball at Coors Field.
Jhoulys Chacin (11-10, 3.60 ERA) will pitch for the first time in 12 days after coming down with tonsillitis. Chacin has success against the Reds at the Great American Ball Park in August. He threw an eight-inning complete game loss, allowing just two runs in the 2-1 loss.
First pitch is set for 6:40 p.m. MT.