Look­ing Ahead

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - Den­ver Post

Phillies RHP Nick Pivetta (4-6, 5.42 ERA) at Rock­ies RHP Jon Gray (3-2, 5.52), 6:10 p.m. Satur­day, AT&T Sport­sNet; 850 AM

Jon Gray had high hopes of es­tab­lish­ing him­self as the Rock­ies’ ace this sea­son. That has not hap­pened. First, he got hurt early in the sea­son. Since his re­turn, he has been so-so — at best. The stocky right-han­der is 3-2 with a 5.97 ERA over his last six starts. Gray has per­formed well at Coors Field this sea­son, go­ing 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA in three starts with 13 strike­outs vs. six walks. Pivetta lives and dies by his fast­ball. He has a changeup, curve­ball and a slider, but he needs his fast­ball to hum if he’s go­ing to thrive. It cer­tainly hummed in his last start when he al­lowed one run on three hits in six in­nings vs. At­lanta. In his pre­vi­ous three starts, how­ever, he posted a 9.37 ERA. He has never faced the Rock­ies. Pa­trick Saun­ders, The

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