On paper, the Rockies (24-36) and Marlins (25-34) are pretty evenly matched, which could make for an interesting three-game series starting Tuesday night.
It might only be that way because the Marlins imploded on their last road trip, going 1-8 thanks to a .133 batting average, 5.97 bullpen ERA, and 10 fielding errors over the nine-game stretch. Miami has also been slammed with injuries to starting pitchers, losing Elieser Hernandez and Cody Poteet during the same 1-8 stretch. On Monday, they brought up rookie Zach Thompson to make his MLB debut, one that he had to exit in the third inning with an ankle injury he sustained while fielding a ground ball.
On the flip side, the Rockies have had to play most of the season without Kyle Freeland, and then shortly after his return, Jon Gray was sent to the 10-day IL, which is where Trevor Story is also currently located. Regardless, the Rockies have had decent starting pitching, but the offense has been held to two runs or fewer 19 times this season, including 10 shutouts. Despite all that, the Rockies have still put up a 20-14 record at Coors Field.
The problem is playing on the road, where the Rockies are 4-22, and the Rockies are now starting a six-game road trip first at Miami and then onto Cincinnati. On the bright side, Antonio Senzatela (2-5, 4.47 ERA) will be on the mound for the Rockies on Tuesday night. Over his last four starts, he’s posted a 2.28 ERA. Pablo López, one of three current Miami starting pitchers, will face the Rockies. He’s 1-3 on the season with a 2.82 ERA. López mostly relies on a 94-mph average four-seam fastball and a changeup with a cutter and sinker, as well an occasional curveball, thrown in.
First Pitch: 5:10 P.M. MDT
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain; MLB.tv
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM; KNRV 1150 (Spanish)