The Rockies ace may continue his quest to 30 wins this season against a home team that’s struggling at the plate.
Colorado Rockies at Florida Marlins
Colorado avoided being swept in its first series since the All-Star break, with a 1-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at the Great American Ball Park. It was the pitching staff’s 10th shutout of the season, which is strange for a club that had never talled more than eight in a year. Sunday’s result still didn’t cure the Rockies offensive woes on the road, as the team has the second-worst road average (.231) in the Majors behind only the Toronto Blue Jays. In fact, the team has failed to score more than three runs in three straight games for just the fourth time this season. Colorado is 5-1 in its last six games as a road favorite, with the team being a perfect 5-0 in that spot with tonight’s starter on the hill.
Both teams may be emotionally drained after playing a crazy game in South Florida last night.
Tampa Bay Rays at Florida Marlins
Tampa Bay outlasted the Florida Marlins on Saturday night, grabbing a 9-8 victory, in a game that last four hours and 36 minutes. “Man that was a crazy games,” Rays pitcher James Shields said. The Rays drew a franchise-record 12 walks, with 11 coming after Marlins starter Chris Volstad left the game. It was a huge victory for a club that had lost six of its previous eight games and is still tied with the Yankees for the division lead. Tampa Bay will look to even up its interleague record with the series finale (5-6), as they’ve posted a 15-11 record in NL parks since 2008. Manager Joe Maddon had to be confident in throwing Jeff Niemann and David Price in the final two games of this series, as the two have combined to go 34-10 in 68 starts since June 1, 2009.
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