The Colorado Rockies, who have the worst road record in the majors at 4-22, are set to visit the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night to start a three-game series.
Colorado capped a 4-2 homestand with a 3-1 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.
On the road, however, the Rockies have been shut out 10 times. Opponents have outscored Colorado 131-63 away from Denver.
However, good news could be on the way for the Rockies as star shortstop Trevor Story — who has missed nine games with an elbow injury — is expected to be activated prior to the Tuesday game.
Story, a two-time All-Star, hasn’t played since May 27. He clubbed a total of 72 homers and stole 50 bases in the 2018-19 seasons. In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, he led the National League with 15 steals and also hit 11 homers in 59 games.
This year, Story is hitting .255 with eight steals and five homers.
Rockies manager Bud Black also has to like his chances with Antonio Senzatela (2-5, 4.47 ERA) on the mound. The right-hander has posted a 2.28 ERA over his past four starts.
Although he has never started against the Marlins, Senzatela has been successful vs. Miami in relief. In four career appearances against the Marlins, he has allowed just two runs on three hits in nine innings.
In his most recent start, Senzatela beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 on Wednesday, getting 12 ground-ball outs in 7 2/3 innings.
“We have a good defense,” said Senzatela, who allowed three runs (one earned) against Texas. “I tried to put the ball low and let my defense work.”
Something else to watch for on Tuesday will be right fielder Charlie Blackmon’s bid to pass Larry Walker for second place on Colorado’s all-time hit list. Blackmon, who is batting .268, has 1,360 hits, one behind Walker. Todd Helton is atop the list with 2,519 hits.
Meanwhile, the Marlins — who have lost nine of their past 10 games — will start right-hander Pablo Lopez (1-3, 2.82 ERA).
Lopez, who tied his career high with nine strikeouts in his most recent start, was on schedule to pitch on Monday. However, the Marlins decided to give him one extra day of rest, which is something they are committed to doing occasionally for all of their young pitchers.
Lopez, 25, has six quality starts in 12 tries this season, and the Marlins are 5-7 when he pitches.
As for the Marlins, they were just 1 1/2 games out of first place on May 26, before they started an eight-game losing streak.
“It’s tough to swallow,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “We put ourselves in a position to win, but we haven’t been able to close the door.”
The Marlins are coming off a 5-3 road loss to the Boston Red Sox on Monday. Miami made two throwing errors — by catcher Jorge Alfaro and right fielder Adam Duvall — but Mattingly was not discouraged.
“I’m really proud of the way we played (Monday night),” Mattingly said of his team, which banged out 12 hits, including three in the ninth inning, when it scored one run and had the tying run in scoring position when the game ended. “We kept giving ourselves chances.
“If we play with that same sort of intensity, we will be fine.”
–Field Level Media