In their last six games, the Rockies have hit 16 homers and 19 doubles on their way to scoring 55 runs in a 5-1 homestand against the Cubs and Marlins, two teams in fourth or fifth place in their respective divisions, just like the Rockies.
Now the test will be to see if the Rockies (51-61) can keep up the offense while in a much more challenging setting: away from Coors Field and against the first-place team in the AL West, the Astros (66-46).
Jon Gray (7-7, 3,67 ERA) will be on the mound for the Rockies and he’s been pretty solid of late. Gray has pitched at least six innings in six of his last seven starts and hasn’t given up more than three runs in those last seven starts.
The Rockies will face RHP Jake Odorizzo (4-6, 4.95 ERA), who has only reached the six-inning mark in two of his 14 starts this year. In his last four starts, he’s gone 2-2 with an ERA of 8.82 in 16 1/3 innings while giving up eight homers.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Rockies placed Raimel Tapia on the 10-day IL with a toe strain. Connor Joe will be leading off and playing left in his place on Tuesday. Taylor Motter, who was called up from Albuquerque on Tuesday to take Tapia’s spot, will be batting eighth as the DH. Motter, who signed with the Rockies on a minor league deal in March, hasn’t played an MLB game since 2018. In 372 at-bats over three years, the outfielder who can also play shortstop and second base is hitting .191/.263/.312 with 10 homers, 42 runs, 37 RBI, and 13 stolen bases.
First Pitch: 6:10 P.M. MDT
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain; MLB.tv
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM; KNRV 1150 (Spanish)
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