At Coors Field, the matchups have been much more one-sided.
The Rockies will go for their 11th straight home win over the Reds in the opener of a three-game series Friday.
These teams put on an impressive power display in a four-game set Aug. 8-11, with the Reds hitting six homers and the Rockies totaling seven. Seth Smith(notes) hit three for Colorado while Jay Bruce(notes) had a pair for Cincinnati.
Things haven’t been as evenly matched in Denver. The Rockies have won 10 in a row between the two at Coors Field, batting .294 while holding the Reds to a .231 average.
A visit by Cincinnati could provide a lift for Colorado (67-76), which has lost eight of 12. The Rockies lost two of three at home to Arizona this week, dropping the finale 5-3 on Wednesday.
“He got a big swing tonight,” manager Jim Tracy said.
Another one of Colorado’s talented young players will be taking the mound Friday.
Jhoulys Chacin(notes) (11-10, 3.60 ERA) is making his first start since getting a win over Los Angeles on Aug. 28, when he gave up four runs and five walks over five innings of a 7-6 victory. His next start was pushed back after he was bothered by a fever and tonsil inflammation. Plus, the 23-year-old right-hander already has pitched a career-high 170 innings.
Chacin is 3-6 with a 4.86 ERA in his last 12 starts after going 8-4 with a 2.71 ERA over the first 15.
The right-hander is 1-1 with a 2.55 ERA against the Reds. He gave up two runs in eight innings of a 2-1 loss Aug. 11.
Cincinnati (70-73), which has lost seven of 10, dropped two of three against Chicago this week after falling 6-3 in Wednesday’s finale.
“Anytime you have these games where they are close games, it’s tough,” Alonso told the Reds’ official website. “You just have to move forward with it, learn from it and keep playing.”
Alonso is 9 for 19 over the last two series with four RBIs. He’s hitting .407 with four homers and 13 RBIs since being called up in late July.
Bailey is 0-2 with a 7.23 ERA in four starts against the Rockies, never making it out of the sixth inning. He faced them Aug. 8 and escaped without a decision in a 10-7 defeat despite allowing five runs and two homers over three innings.
Smith is 4 for 8 with three homers against the right-hander, who is trying to snap a four-start winless streak.
Bailey has lost the last two. He lasted only three innings against St. Louis on Saturday after giving up five runs and six hits in a 6-4 defeat.