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The Dbacks had a game plan against German Marquez and they executed it flawlessly. Hitting the fastball early in the count is what got Marquez in trouble and what normally gets him in trouble later in starts, but this time out the Dbacks were swinging early from the start of the game.
In only 3.2 innings, Marquez allowed eleven hits and four runs. He was lucky to allow only four, especially considering he struck out one batter, but it was still not a good start from Marquez. If the Rockies do indeed make the playoffs and this series was considered some tryouts for who will pitch the wild card game, there should be no doubt that Jon Gray will start the wild card game.
But first things first, the Rockies need to claim that wild card spot. After the loss, they are still three games up on the Brewers and three and a half up on the Cardinals. And while there was not much good going on in Wednesday’s game on either side of the ball for the Rockies, they will split this series even with another loss.
Obviously, they will not be aiming for a loss. But, with Chad Bettis on the mound and a very potent Dbacks offense, this game could turn into a barn burner, as it is called in hockey. The Rockies face Zack Godley and while he does not have a lot of starts against them or a lot of appearances against any of the batters, he has had success in that limited time. The Rockies have a good offense though so this game is by no means decided on the pitching matchup.
Winning this series would be huge for the Rockies and give them some momentum before they finally get to come home to face the Padres. The Padres series will not be an easy one as the Padres have been great inside the division, but hopefully the Rockies can take advantage of the home series and gain some games in the wild card.