This is it. The last chance for the Rockies to grab some cushion before heading out on the road 16 times in a dicey 22 game stretch.
On the mound for Colorado tonight is Juan Nicasio who is extremely difficult to predict. He's had two excellent starts this year in Coors Field, going seven innings while only allowing one run in the home opener against Arizona, and then bettering that start with seven innings of scoreless baseball last time out against the Mets. However, the four starts in between led to a 6.64 ERA and Nicasio only getting deeper than five innings into the game once.
Nicasio's splits are upside down so far in 2014. Hitters have a 1.025 OPS against when he pitches on the road, but he's held opponents to just a .691 OPS at home. The extreme nature of the split is odd, but the fact that it exists is not. For his career, Nicasio has held opponents to a .748 OPS at Coors Field while allowing an .833 OPS against them at home. Try to figure that one out.
Meanwhile, Troy Tulowitzki hopes to continue the blistering pace he's been on to start the season and maintain his lead in just about every significant offensive category in existence. He'll bat third again tonight while Carlos Gonzalez bats clean up. It seemed to work last night, so I guess Walt Weiss doesn't want to mess with a good thing.
Further down the lineup, Charlie Culberson will get the start at second base in favor of DJ LeMahieu.
One Rockie who again will not get a day off is Nolan Arenado. The third baseman will be looking to extend his hitting streak to 26 games with a knock tonight.