The baseball season is a long marathon with the All-Star Game usually marking the halfway point. This year, the Rockies could have a different measuring stick with Opening Day 2.0.
The greatest part of Opening Day is that it’s a day soaked in optimism and possibility. From Opening Day through June 27, the Rockies were 31-47. Getting a reset on that mark, while also being able to do it against the NL Central’s last-place Pirates, is a good opportunity to try to make the most of this season. Tonight, the Rockies will try to make it 2-0 after Opening Day 2.0 on a rainy night in Denver.
Germán Márquez (6-6, 3.99 ERA) will be on the mound for the Rockies. While still struggling at times with his fastball command, Márquez has been sharper of late, going 4-2 with a 2.40 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, with 41 strikeouts and 12 walks in 45 innings of work. He was even better in his last start, which was his best of the year. Against the Mariners, Márquez pitched eight solid innings, giving up only one run on two hits with eight strikeouts and no walks.
The Rockies will face Chase De Jong (0-2, 4.94 ERA), who’s only made five starts this year, including his first on June 2. In 23 2/3 innings, De Jong has given up 13 earned runs on 25 hits and 11 walks with 23 strikeouts. He struggled in his last start on against the White Sox, only going 4 2/3 innings but needing 95 pitches to get there while giving up four runs on seven hits.
First Pitch: 6:40 P.M. MDT
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain; MLB.tv
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM; KNRV 1150 (Spanish)