The chance to post a winning record on a road trip for the first time this season is on the line when the Rockies and Rangers meet tonight. Of course, the Rockies, with a 3-3 record on this trip that includes stops in Chicago and Los Angeles, will need to win Wednesday’s series finale as well.
Hopefully, Trevor Story’s two homers on Monday night, on top of two a two-hit performance vs. the Dodgers on Sunday that included a double, are a sign of an emergence from his slump that featured six straight hitless games. Having family in the crowd for the Irving, Texas-native is a very nice bonus. On the mound, Austin Gomber (9-8, 4.38 ERA) will try to rediscover the mojo that earned him a 3.79 ERA in his first 19 starts (91 1/3 innings) and not the Gomber of the last three starts who has an 8.56 ERA in 13 2/3 innings. For more of a breakdown on Gomber’s recent struggles, check out Tuesday’s Rockpile by Purple Row’s Justin Wick.
The Rockies will face a familiar foe in Texas starter Jordan Lyles (6-11, 5.70 ERA). In his four-year career with the Rockies from 2014 to midway through 2017, Lyles logged 281 innings in 105 appearances, including 37 starts, and posted a 13-16 record, 5.22 ERA, and 1.480 WHIP. In his career against the Rockies, Lyles has made 13 appearances (seven starts) and has a 2-3 record, 5.48 ERA, and 1.343 WHIP in 47 2/3 innings. After a decent June and July, Lyles has struggled in his last seven starts, going 1-5 with a 6.91 ERA in 41 2/3 innings. The win came in an impressive seven-inning, one-run, six-strikeout performance against the Red Sox on Aug. 21. Only four of Colorado’s position players who were teammates with Lyles are still in purple: Story, Charlie Blackmon, Raimel Tapia, and Ryan McMahon.
First Pitch: 6:05 P.M. MDT
TV: AT&T Sports Net Rocky Mountain; MLB.tv
Radio: KOA 850 AM/94.1 FM; KNRV 1150 (Spanish)