The Colorado Rockies play just three times in Denver over their
next 15 games. Given the way they’ve performed on the road, manager
Jim Tracy’s team could fare well during that stretch.
Jhoulys Chacin goes for his fourth win in as many starts for the
NL West-leading Rockies, who look to extend their longest road
winning streak in two seasons to seven when they open a weekend
series against the surging Florida Marlins on Friday night.
Colorado (13-5) capped a 3-3 homestand with Wednesday’s 10-2
victory over San Francisco.
Ty Wigginton hit a three-run homer and tied a career high with
four RBIs, Troy Tulowitzki had his first three hits of the series
and Ryan Spilborghs added a pinch-hit three-run shot as the Rockies
avoided the sweep with their highest-scoring game of the
“This car is not firing on all eight cylinders just yet,” Tracy
told the Rockies’ official website. “It’s still running and moving
in the right direction, but it’s not firing on all eight cylinders
The Rockies, though, are averaging 6.5 runs during their longest
road winning streak since taking nine straight from June 4-22,
Colorado, which dropped three of four in Miami last season,
could extend its road success with Chacin (3-0, 1.64 ERA) taking
In his last outing, the right-hander struck out seven and threw
a six-hitter in last Friday’s 5-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. It was
Chacin’s first career complete game and the first time a Rockies
pitcher had a complete-game shutout at Coors Field since Aaron Cook
on July 1, 2008.
“What a good-looking young pitcher,” Cubs manager Mike Quade
said. “… I am impressed.”
Chacin will make his first start against the Marlins after going
0-1 with a 9.00 ERA in two relief appearances against them.
He’ll face a Florida team looking to win a season-high fourth
straight. The Marlins (11-6), winners of six of seven, are coming
off a three-game sweep of Pittsburgh in which they outscored the
“We’ve been playing well, we’ve been scoring runs, we’ve been
finding ways to get those runs in,” manager Edwin Rodriguez said
after his team hit a season-high three home runs in Thursday’s 9-5
The Marlins have gone deep just 11 times in 2011, and will be
without leading home run hitter Logan Morrison, who was placed on
the disabled list Wednesday with a left foot sprain.
Morrison has four homers, but Scott Cousins could be quite a
capable replacement. On Thursday, he became the first Marlin to hit
a grand slam for his first homer with the club since Mike Stanton
on June 18.
Stanton, who hit a solo shot Thursday, was 4 for 13 with a homer
against the Rockies in 2010.
Florida will send out Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 5.51) in the series
In his best start of the season, the right-hander struck out a
season-high eight and allowed just two runs, but walked four and
needed 113 pitches to get through six innings of Sunday’s 3-2 loss
Sanchez is 1-0 with a 3.09 ERA in two starts against
If he struggles, the Marlins have one of the best bullpens in
the majors, with 17 2-3 scoreless innings over the last six
Rockies right fielder Seth Smith, 4 for 5 against Sanchez, was 8
for 20 with three homers and seven RBIs against Florida in