Thursday -- Rockies 7, D-backs 6; walk-off costs Nuno the win. Friday -- Rockies 15, D-backs 3; Colorado slams last-place Arizona. Saturday -- Rockies 5, D-backs 1; rookie Butler holds down D-backs. Sunday -- LHP Wade Miley (8-11, 4.17) vs. RHP Christian Bergman (2-4, 5.56), 12:30 p.m., FOX Sports Arizona.
D-backs rookies Ender Inciarte, Chris Owings, David Peralta, Chase Anderson and Vidal Nuno continue to rank among the best newcomers in the NL, offering building blocks for 2015. Inciarte has 99 hits and a 2.7 WAR, both second among NL rookies. Peralta (89, 1.3) and Owings (78, 1.9) are in the top seven in both categories. Anderson leads NL rookies with nine victories and has an 0.70 ERA, the same as Thursday starter Nuno.
What's done is done
The D-backs will finish NL West play with the four-game series against Colorado this weekend, after which they will play a final interleague series at Minnesota and return home to face the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals. The D-backs won the season series against San Diego, 12-7, and will win the season series against Colorado with one victory at Coors Field. The D-backs are 9-6 against the Rockies and scored 32 runs in a three-game sweep here June 3-5.
Michael Cuddyer won the 2013 NL batting title in his third season in Colorado after heading West from Minnesota, and former Twins first baseman Justin Morneau may duplicate the feat in his first season in the Front Range. With a monster 3-for-4, six-RBI day against the Dodgers on Wednesday, Morneau passed Pittsburgh third baseman Josh Harrison for the league lead with a .320 average; Harrison is hitting .318. The Giants' Buster Posey is third at .310 after going 3-for-11 against the D-backs.
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With both the D-backs and Rockies stocked with quality veteran players when this season started, it was hard to envision but ... this series will play a huge factor in who finishes last in the NL West. The D-backs lead the Rockies by one game entering the series, although the Rockies gained two games in two days while thumping the Dodgers as the D-backs lost a series to the Giants.