Miami Marlins at Colorado Rockies
When and Where: Sunday, June 24 at 3:10 p.m. ET at Coors Field in Denver, CO
The Marlins have lost four of their previous five games, including an 11-3 loss to the Rockies Friday. Miami has always viewed this as a rebuilding season, and it has looked like that from the beginning. Colorado has won four straight games after losing three straight games. The Rockies have been that hot and cold all season, evidently depicted by their .500 record entering Saturday.
It’s been a rough season for the Marlins, especially their offense. Miami hasn’t scored more than five runs in a game since June 11. It’s been like that for most of the season as the Marlins rank tied for 29th in runs scored. J.T. Realmuto has been terrific this year, collecting three hits in Friday’s game against the Rockies. Realmuto, however, hasn’t had the opportunity to drive in runs like other power hitters.
Caleb Smith has been better than average most of the time this season, which has been a good thing for the Marlins. Smith allowed seven combined earned runs over his previous 10.1 innings pitched, but he did pitch a terrific game against San Diego right before those two relative stinkers. Smith has allowed at least one home run in four of his five recent starts, and he faces one of the hottest offenses.
Nolan Arenado has been just sensational for the Rockies this season, especially this week. Arenado has propelled Colorado as the Rockies have scored 11, 6, 10 and 10 runs in wins this week. During that stretch, Arenado has homered four times and driven in 11 runs. He’s literally put the team on his back at times. Outside of Arenado, the Rockies received a tremendous boost from Charlie Blackmon, who has at least two hits in three of those four games.
German Marquez has been typically inconsistent this season throughout his 15 starts. He has consistently pitched poorly over his last four starts, however, allowing four or more earned runs in each start, including seven total home runs during the stretch. Miami doesn’t really have the offensive fire power to take control against Marquez, but if there’s a pitcher you want to face if you’re Miami, it’s Marquez.
- Marlins are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. National League West.
- Marlins are 1-4 in their last 5 overall.
- Marlins are 1-4 in their last 5 games on grass.
- Marlins are 0-6 in their last 6 Sunday games.
- Marlins are 0-5 in their last 5 games after losing the first 2 games of a series.
- Rockies are 4-0 in their last 4 overall.
- Rockies are 4-0 in their last 4 games on grass.
- Rockies are 4-0 in their last 4 home games.
- Rockies are 7-1 in Marquezs last 8 home starts vs. a team with a losing record.
- Rockies are 4-1 in Marquezs last 5 starts with 4 days of rest.
The offense for Colorado has been sensational lately, and that could very well continue Sunday. Arenado has been incredible. The Marlins, however, should be able to score off Marquez, especially with how Realmuto has swung the bat.