The Rockies and Reds combined for 27 hits and 21 runs in last night’s Colorado victory. The Blake Street faithful will hope for similar offensive production from their team on Friday when the Rockies face off against Wade Miley, who himself is on the heels of the finest start of his career.
Miley (4-2, 2.00 ERA) threw a no-hitter in his last start, striking out eight and allowing just one walk. After a tough 2020 season Miley’s 2021 has been in stark contrast. He leads the team in wins, ERA, WHIP (fifth place in the league in that category), and batting average against (of qualified pitchers) — the Reds’ ace, without question. The season is only a month and a half in, but so far he’s been a very bright spot for Cincinnati. Miley did not face the Rockies last season.
Germán Márquez (1-4, 5.49 ERA) has not had as successful this season. His main pain point has been inconsistency; Márquez is walking an alarming 5.5 per nine innings on average this season. That is far and away a career-high for him. Purple Row’s own Justin Wick posts that Márquez’s efficiency with his fastball may be a factor. Many of Márquez’s starts have been laden with an inability to place his heater, which forces him to rely on his potentially less-accurate secondary pitches. His last start was alright, as he threw six innings of two-run ball (one earned) against three walks and and six strikeouts. He’ll try to keep the National League’s best offense in check on Friday.
After last night’s offensive explosion, both teams will try to keep the hits coming. For matchups, Trevor Story owns a home run in his five at-bats against Miley, and Charlie Blackmon is 1-for-5 as well. Elías Díaz is 4-for-9. On the Reds’ side, Tucker Barnhart has a hit in five at-bats versus Márquez and Jesse Winker is 1-for-6, while Mike Moustakas is hitless in his six at-bats.
Start Time: 6:40 p.m. MDT
TV: AT&T SportsNet, MLB.tv
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM; KNRV 1150 (Spanish)