New York Yankees Series Preview: Six Game Road Trip Begins In Colorado

Pitching Matchups

Nathan Eovaldi (6-2, 4.42 ERA) vs. Jorge De La Rosa (2-4, 8.81 ERA)

Eovaldi has shown flashes of pure brilliance thus far in 2016, yet still delivers performances that draw questions as to whether he is prepared to take that next step.

In two straight starts he has failed to complete six innings and has surrendered five runs a piece. However, the offense has bailed him out as he was let off the hook for losses on both occasions.

With that, the right-hander is 5-0 with a 3.67 ERA in his last seven starts and continues to move forth as a top starter for these Yankees.

Opposing him on Colorado’s side will be a guy who is your typical case of a Coors Field victim. Seven of his Jorge De La Rosa’s eight home runs surrendered have come at home and he currently possesses a woeful 8.81 ERA.

With that being said, things got better for De La Rosa when he was demoted to the Rockies’ bullpen. He only allowed one earned run in eight innings combined over three appearances, including four no-hit innings that earned him a win last time out against the Pirates.

Perhaps the brief exclusion from the rotation helped the southpaw as he is ready to start on the mound against New York.

Ivan Nova (5-3, 4.39 ERA) vs. Chad Bettis (4-5, 5.85 ERA)

Ivan Nova has found a home back in the Yankee rotation and does not appear to be going anywhere. Over seven starts since sliding into the mix, he is 4-2 with a 4.14 ERA.

However, the 29-year-old has struggled somewhat over his past four starts, pitching to a 5.76 ERA. The positive trait regarding Nova through that stretch is that he has given the Yankees six innings or more in every start, has battled through rather than imploding, and has won two of of the four outings.

He picked up a win in his most recent start against the Los Angeles Angels, firing 6 1/3 innings of three-run ball while striking out five.

The man opposing Nova in the series finale will be Texas native Chad Betts. After a strong start to the season that saw Bettis go 4-2 with a 4.18 ERA through his first nine starts, he has completely lost it in his last four outings.

The right-hander is 0-3 with a 7.00 ERA in those four starts and has surrendered six home runs over the span. The 27-year-old will be pressing to get back on track against the Yanks.