The Colorado Rockies try to win their second straight game when they face the host Miami Marlins in the finale of a three-game series on Thursday night. The game is scheduled for a 7:10 p.m. ET first pitch at loanDepot park in Miami.
The Rockies earned a rare road win on Wednesday night, topping the Marlins, 4-3. The victory improved Colorado to 25-37 and it enters Thursday’s action in fourth place in the National League West, 11 games behind the third-place San Diego Padres and 5½ games ahead of the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks.
Miami has now alternated wins and losses over its last five games, coming into the series finale with a 26-35 record. The Marlins are in last place in the NL East, a half-game behind the fourth-place Washington Nationals and 3½ games behind the third-place Philadelphia Phillies.
The MLB odds for this one have the Marlins with a moneyline of -200, while the Rockies are sitting at +170. The over/under for this contest is set at 7½ runs.
The Rockies notched just their fifth road victory on Wednesday night, making Bud Black the third manager in franchise history to reach 300 wins. Black is 300-309 in four-plus seasons with Colorado and has 949 career wins between his time with the Rockies and San Diego Padres.
“It’s a good round number,” Black said after Wednesday’s win. “The thing that I’ve appreciated most about the Rockies team since I’ve been here is the fight and the grit that they’ve shown, and that’s a reflection I think of the organization and the players and the coaching staff.”
Outfielder Raimel Tapia set the table for the Colorado offense with three hits, including two doubles, and scored twice in the victory. Tapia is batting .286 with 12 doubles, five home runs, 31 RBIs and 31 runs scored.
Outfielder Charlie Blackmon continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. It’s his third multi-hit game in his last four, raising his batting average to .277, and he tied for the Rockies’ RBI lead with his 33rd.
Right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez will take the mound for the Rockies in the series finale. The 29-year-old is 2-3 with a 4.84 ERA, striking out 25 and walking 14 in 48.1 innings.
Gonzalez is coming off a no-decision in a start against Oakland on Friday, going 4.1 innings and giving up three runs on seven hits while striking out one and walking one. Gonzalez has just one win since picking up the victory in relief in the season opener against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Marlins have had troubles with injuries and keeping a rotation intact, but Thursday’s starter, Trevor Rogers, has been one of the three Miami pitchers that have been consistent. Rogers will make his 13th start, tying Sandy Alcantara and Pablo Lopez for the most on the team.
Rogers comes in with a 6-3 record and a 1.97 ERA, which ranks fifth in baseball. He has 81 strikeouts and 24 walks in 68.2 innings. He took a no-decision in his last start, going six innings and allowing two runs on four hits to the Pittsburgh Pirates in an extra-innings loss.
Outfielder Adam Duvall had an up-and-down night on Wednesday, hitting his 10th home run and driving in two runs but also striking out three times. Duvall has 37 RBIs and has scored 21 times but is batting just .207.
First baseman Jesus Aguilar leads Miami with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs. Outfielder Starling Marte is batting .337 with four home runs and 11 RBIs in just 26 games.
Marlins Take Series
Miami has one of the best pitchers in baseball on the mound against one of the worst road teams in the majors. Colorado showed a spark on Wednesday, but Rogers should be able to keep them off the scoreboard enough for the Marlins to earn the win.
When making your MLB picks, take Miami to win and take the series.
Pick: Miami Marlins -200