MATIAS J. OCNER
Another very lackluster performance from the offensive side negates yet another good performance by a young starter. On Friday, it was Jon Gray pitching well and the offense putting up only one run and one hit. On Sunday, it was Tyler Anderson getting through 5.1 innings, while the offense recorded two hits with no runs.
A three-run homer by Marcell Ozuna gave the Marlins the only runs they needed to pull out the win as the Rockies were shut down by the Marlins yet again. Tom Koehler, despite walking six batters, allowed only two hits, one to Cargo and Arenado, through six shutout innings.
The Rockies left seven batters on and were 0-4 with runners in scoring position, but they can’t seem to do anything against the Marlins during this series. Take away the six run inning and five hits the Rockies tallied during that inning, and they’ve recorded only 5 hits and one run in 26 innings of the series. Whatever momentum the Rockies had going into this series has disappeared into oblivion and they have fallen to four games below .500.
The Rockies are still only 4.5 back in the wild card with three teams ahead of them, but they need to get back on track and quickly. Winning this final game against the Marlins is extremely important as they will head to New York. They can still finish with a 3-3 record on this road trip if they win today and sweep the two game series with the Yankees.
Jorge De La Rosa takes the mound on Monday against Paul Clemens. Clemens will be making his first start of the year, but he has not pitched in a major league game since 2014 with the Astros. He is a minor league pitcher and the Rockies need to take advantage of that. Get to him early and often and seize the momentum of this game. With De La Rosa on the mound, the Rockies are likely going to need some extra offense, despite some decent appearances from De La recently.