A pair of lefties, each searching for its first career Major League win, will take the mound in the series opener between the Rockies and Cubs at Wrigley Field on Monday.
The Rockies will give the ball to 28-year-old Yohan Flande as they kick off a seven-game road trip, while the Cubs counter with 33-year-old Tsuyoshi Wada.
After losing seven games in a row earlier this month, the Rockies have turned things around and are coming off a series win at home against the Pirates over the weekend.
Flande, who's split time between Triple-A Colorado Springs and the Rockies this season, is 0-2 with a 7.20 ERA in four starts since making his Major League debut in June.
He went 5 1/3 innings and gave up five hits and four earned runs in the Rockies' loss to the Nationals on Tuesday. He still hasn't been able to make it beyond the first out of the sixth in any of his starts.
"You try to keep an eye on him as he starts to get around that 80-pitch mark," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "There seems to be a bit of a trend there the third time through [a lineup]."
Wada, meanwhile, will make his third career start. He's 10-6 with a 2.77 ERA in 18 starts with Triple-A Iowa this season, and 0-1 in nine innings pitched over two starts with the Cubs, who are in the middle of a ten-game homestand.
Wada was dealt a loss at home against the Padres on Wednesday, going four-plus innings while allowing five runs on five hits with four walks.
Wada admitted postgame that he was a little nervous.
"There are very few opportunities that I've had here," Wada said. "I didn't do well today and I feel bad. I'm glad I'm getting an opportunity to pitch here in the States."
Rockies: Tulo to get dry needling procedure on injured hip
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will undergo a dry needling procedure on his left hip Monday in Philadelphia, Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said Sunday.
Dry needling is using tiny needle punctures to create bleeding to promote healing. The procedure is being done by Dr. William C. Meyers, the same leg and core muscle specialist who performed a procedure to remove scar tissue from Tulowitzki's groin in 2012.
Dugger said the procedure will not change the expected two-to-three-week healing period.
Cubs: Chicago will see four lefties in series vs. Rockies
The Cubs have faced 18 left-handers all year. In their upcoming four-game series against the Rockies, that's all they can expect to see.
The Rockies have lefties slated to start in each game vs. the Cubs this week, with Flande kicking things off in the series opener. He'll be followed by Jorge De La Rosa, Brett Anderson and Tyler Matzek.
"We'll mix and match obviously, and you'll see a different look to the lineup," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said.
Does that mean Luis Valbuena will start at third base?
Renteria wouldn't say, but did say he can play switch-hitting Bonifacio at the hot corner.
• In tossing seven scoreless innings in the Rockies' 8-1 win over the Pirates at Coors Field on Saturday, Matzek is the fourth different Colorado rookie to pitch at least seven innings without allowing a run in a home game, joining John Thomson (1997), Jason Jennings (2002), and Juan Nicasio (twice in 2011).
• Cubs starting pitchers have recorded 51 quality starts this season. The club has only 22 wins from starters in those 51 games
Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.