The Miami Marlins will conclude a 10-game homestand over the weekend with three games against the Colorado Rockies. Miami most recently dropped the final three games of a four-game set with the Los Angeles Dodgers after taking the first game. The Marlins were shut out on Thursday by Cy Young candidate Clayton Kershaw. The Marlins are currently just 2-5 on the homestand.
For the Colorado Rockies, the series will conclude a 10-game road trip on which the Rockies are also just 2-5. Colorado enter the series having dropped three of four to the Philadelphia Phillies. All three losses in the series came by one run.
Both teams enter the series well out of contention. Miami is just 48-78 on the season which has the Marlins in last place in the National League East with the worst record in the National League. The Marlins are also a season-high 30 games below .500. Colorado enters the series in third place in the National League West at 59-70. The Rockies are just 13-20 since the All-Star break and hover just two games above the last place San Francisco Giants.
The Marlins will have All-Star Jose Fernandez on the mound for Saturday’s game. Fernandez was able to pick up the only victory in the series with the Dodgers and remains one of the hottest pitchers in baseball. Since the start of May, Fernandez is 9-3 with a 1.93 ERA.
Also entering the series red hot for the Marlins is outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton was 8-for-17 with a pair of home runs and three RBIs in the series with Los Angeles. Stanton leads Miami on the season with 16 home runs and 40 RBIs.
Colorado will send Jorge De La Rosa to the mound for the series finale on Sunday. De La Rosa leads the Rockies with a 13-6 record and a 3.21 ERA. De La Rosa picked up the only win for the Rockies when the teams met in Colorado roughly a month ago. De La Rosa however, has pitched better at home as his ERA is more than a full point higher on the road while his win-loss record is 5-5 compared to 8-1 at Coors Field.
Even with Carlos Gonzalez on the disabled list, the Rockies still have a potent lineup with outfielder Michael Cuddyer, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and catcher Wilin Rosario all having solid seasons. Cuddyer is third in the National League with a .328 batting average.
Both Friday and Saturday’s games will be 7:10 P.M. EST starts before a 1:10 start on Sunday to conclude the series.
Miami leads 3-1. The Marlins held the Rockies to just eight runs over the four-game series when the teams met in Coors Field roughly a month ago. The only win for Colorado in the series was earned by Jorge De La Rosa. For Miami, the series featured the big league debuts of rookie outfielders, Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick. Another rookie outfielder, Marcell Ozuna, was lost for the season in that series while injuring his hand on a play in which Ozuna made a diving catch.
Friday – Jhoulys Chacin (COL) 11-7, 3.24 ERA vs. Tom Koehler (MIA) 3-8, 4.66 ERA
Saturday – Jeff Manship (COL) 0-3, 7.80 ERA vs. Jose Fernandez (MIA) 9-5, 2.41 ERA
Sunday – Jorge De La Rosa (COL) 13-6, 3.21 ERA vs. Jacob Turner (MIA) 3-4, 3.02 ERA