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Series Preview: Colorado Rockies

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Colorado brings the second-best record in the National League to Cincinnati on Friday night.

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Over the weekend, Cincinnati will look to put a stop to their recent slide. The team enters this series with Colorado on a six-game losing streak. Unfortunately, things don't look to get much easier for the Reds as the Rockies bring one of baseball's best records to Great American Ball Park.

Last Season & What's Ahead

The Rockies finished the 2016 season with a 75-87 record. That was good enough for third place in the NL West. Colorado comes into this weekend series with the Reds with the second-best record in the National League (26-16). They currently lead the NL West by two games over the Dodgers and Diamondbacks.

FanGraphs projects the Rockies to go 58-62 in their remaining games. Baseball Prospectus expects Colorado to go 59-61 the rest of the season.

Notable New Faces

Ian Desmond

Greg Holland

Mike Dunn

Alexi Amarista

Fare Thee Well

Jorge De La Rosa

Nick Hundley

Daniel Descalso

Eddie Butler

You can read a full breakdown of the Rockies offseason here.

The Lineup

Charlie Blackmon - CF

.315/.356/.601, 9 HR, 27 R, 31 RBI, 2 SB

DJ LeMahieu - 2B

.280/.348/.348, 1 HR, 17 R, 11 RBI, 2 SB

Nolan Arenado - 3B

.299/.354/.586, 10 HR, 29 R, 28 RBI, 1 SB

Mark Reynolds - 1B

.319/.398/.610, 12 HR, 26 R, 35 RBI, 1 SB

Ian Desmond - LF

.299/.324/.418, 2 HR, 10 R, 9 RBI, 2 SB

Carlos Gonzalez - RF

.210/.279/.312, 2 HR, 15 R, 11 RBI, 0 SB

Pat Valaika

.234/.265/.511, 3 HR, 9 R, 9 RBI, 0 SB

Dustin Garneau or Tony Wolters

.206/.260/.353, 1 HR, 5 R, 6 RBI, 0 SB or .328/.391/.431, 0 HR, 14 R, 4 RBI, 0 SB

Key Injuries

David Dahl

Jon Gray

Trevor Story

The Pitchers (for this series)

Tyler Anderson (vs. Lisalverto Bonilla) - Friday at 7:10

Anderson is 2-4 with a 6.43 ERA.

Antonio Senzatela (vs. Tim Adleman) - Saturday at 4:10

Senzatela is 6-1 with a 3.31 ERA

Kyle Freeland (vs. Bronson Arroyo) - Sunday at 1:10

Freeland is 4-2 with a 3.13 ERA

Great Reds vs. Rockies Moments in History

Who could forget Cincinnati and Colorado's Twitter snowball fight?

Prediction

Cincinnati stops the losing streak but drops two out of three to Colorado.