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Miami opens a three-game series at Coors Field on Friday against Colorado. The Marlins are last in the National League East, which is behind first-place New York Mets with 10 ½ games after losing to the Mets 5-3 on Wednesday in the third game in a four-game set at home. Miami has lost five of the last seven. Miami plays Friday without position players Jon Berti, Garrett Cooper, Jose Devers and Jesus Sanchez. The Marlins are also without six pitchers.
Colorado was defeated by the Chicago Cubs 3-2 in their most recent outing on Wednesday and will end a set of three games against the Cubs on Thursday. Colorado has won three of the last 5, but the Rockies are far out of pace in the National League West, which is behind the San Francisco Giants in 21 games. Colorado has struggled all season on the mound as the Rockies have the 23rd best team ERA in baseball. The Rockies play Friday without position player Chris Owings and eight edges.
The Miami Pitchers hold their own despite injuries
Miami is fourth in baseball in Team ERA at 3.52, though Marlins plays without pitcher Trevor Rogers, Elieser Hernandez, Pablo Lopez and Cody Poteet. The Marlins are 7th on team WHIP at 1.21, and opposing hitters are averaging just .229 on the plate against Miami pitching, which is eighth in baseball. Injured ace Rogers leads Miami in wins (7), strikeouts (129) and ERA (2.45). The Marlins will pass the ball to Sandy Alcantara on Friday. This season, the right hand is 6-9 with a 3.12 ERA and 120 strikeouts.
At the plate, the Marlins have been fighting all season. Miami is 21st in baseball in team-beating averages of .234, 28th in slugging percentage at .374 and is 27th in races scored with 423. Jesus Aguilar has run in most races with 76 and is the new leader in home races with 19 after Marlins changed away Adam Duvall, who had 22 dingers. Miami has played 108 games and has 106 home runs, but only two active players for the Marlins have 11 or more round trippers.
Rockies Hitters The Key To Colorado’s Success
The Colorado Rockies have the ninth-best team stroke average of .246, the 17th best swallowing percentage .400 and have scored the 17th most runs with 474. Ryan McMahon has been Colorado’s best overall stroke and leads the Rockies with 17 home runs and 55 RBIs . Colorado, however, has only four players with 12 or more home runs, and the Rockies have only hit 108 dingers in the same number of games. Shortstop Trevor Story averages just 0.236 at the plate, while last year Story averaged 0.289.
Colorado battles on the mound with the 23rd best team ERA at 4.69, the 24th WHIP at 1.37 and opposing hitters averaging .255 on the plate against the Rockies pitching, which is 25th in baseball. The Rockies deliver the ball to German Marquez on Friday. The right hand leads the Rockies in wins by nine and strikeouts by 134. Overall, the Venezuelan hurler is 9-8 with a 3.51 ERA
- Colorado is 21-9 in the last 30 at home
- The Rockies are 18-5 in the last 23 at home against a team with a losing record
- Miami is 2-5 in the last seven
- The Marlins are 8-21 in the last 29 on the road