The Rockies rotation is aligned so that arguably their three best starting pitchers will take the mound in the three-game visit by the Brewers this weekend — German Marquez on Friday, Chad Bettis on Saturday and Kyle Freeland on Sunday.
The Brewers come to Coors Field on Friday riding a four-game winning streak, and reaffirming their bid for a post-season bid. They are not only third place in the NL wild-card, five games back of Rockies and D-Backs, but in second-place in the NL Central, a game behind the Cubs.
Jon Gray is a work in progress. The Rockies No. 1 draft choice in 2013, the third player taken overall, the right-hander from Oklahoma can dominate hitters. Success, however, is not something that happens overnight. It takes patience.
The Rockies had been in an offensive rut. They had scored three or fewer runs in eight consecutive games, and had lost six of the eight. All of that changed in a big way at Coors Field on Wednesday night. The Rockies exploded for a 17-2 victory against the Braves and regained the top spot in the NL Wild-Card battle.
How big a scoring outburst was it?