Tuesday -- D-backs 4, Rockies 2: Newcomers Evans, Anderson lift D-backs. Wednesday -- D-backs 16, Rockies 8. Montero, Goldschmidt fuel comeback. Thursday -- RHP Bronson Arroyo (4-4, 4.39) vs. RHP Juan Nicasio (5-3, 4.06), 5 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
Seeking a streak
The D-backs are playing unquestionably better baseball after going 9-22 through April and won six of their last nine series. Even so, they were exactly average in that span, going 14-14 since May 2 to remain 13 games under .500. The hole the D-backs dug in their ugly start remains huge, and it will take a real hot streak to reach even a breakeven record. The Rockies could prove a fitting opponent to start such a streak, as they're coming off a 2-7 road trip.
Getting on a roll will be a lot tougher without center fielder A.J. Pollock, who could be sidelined two months with a fractured hand. Pollock was the team's hottest hitter and was having a breakout season. The D-backs have options to replace Pollock defensively -- Ender Inciarte, Gerardo Parra and David Peralta -- but replacing his bat will be much harder. They'll look for one of those three to emerge at the plate and hope Cody Ross gets hot. Mark Trumbo should return in a couple weeks.
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Tuesday starter Chase Anderson looks to extend his D-backs rookie record of three straight wins to start his big league career. After giving up just one run in his debut, Anderson gave up nine in his last two starts but benefited from big offensive showings. Still, Anderson has been solid enough to help stabilize a rotation that was baseball's worst over the first month of the season. His first outing at high elevation, hitter-friendly Coors Field will likely prove a challenge.
Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is having the kind of season that has put him back into the discussion as baseball's premier player. The 29-year-old is batting .350 -- best in the NL -- with a .450 on-base percentage and entered the week ranked second in the NL with 14 home runs, seventh with 37 RBI and first with a .661 slugging percentage. Tulowitzki is a combined 9 for 27 with three home runs and seven RBI against the D-backs' scheduled starters.