NL 3B stars face off in Cubs-Rockies finale

NL 3B stars face off in Cubs-Rockies finale

Sunday's series finale between the Cubs and Rockies showcases two of the best third basemen in baseball: Kris Bryant, 24, and Nolan Arenado, 25.

Bryant started the All-Star Game for the National League at third base but has also started more than a third of his games in the outfield. In just his second Major League season, his 31 home runs lead the NL -- one ahead of Arenado -- and Bryant also leads the league in runs scored (96).

Although Arenado has been stuck in a slump, he is also atop the NL leaderboard in several offensive categories. He leads the league in RBIs (98) and is second in runs (88) to Bryant. Arenado was named to his second All-Star Game this season and received the most votes from players.

It will be the final meeting of the regular season between these clubs. The Rockies won two of three at Wrigley Field in April, and the clubs split the first two games this weekend.

Three things to know about this game

• Cubs starter Jason Hammel has not allowed a run in 22 innings. His 0.95 ERA (four earned runs in 38 innings) since the All-Star break is the lowest mark in the NL.

• Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa has allowed more than three runs in just two of his 12 starts since being reinstated to the rotation on June 14. However, he allowed four runs over six innings in his last start.

• Hammel pitched three seasons for the Rockies, from 2009-11, during which he had a 5.41 ERA at Coors Field. He's only faced the Rockies at Coors once -- his first start of 2015 -- and held them to three runs over six innings. Arenado hit a two-run homer off him in the second inning.

Ben Weinrib is a reporter for based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.