The Rockies had the day off Thursday. They, however, moved up in the NL wild-card race. With the D-Backs loss to the Dodgers the Rockies found themselves a full game ahead of Arizona in the Wild-Card race, which would give the Rockies the home field for a one-game Wild-Card playoff with the D-Backs.
NL Wild-Card Standings Through Thursday Aug. 10
The Weekend Schedule
Rockies at Marlins; D-Backs host Cubs; Cardinals host Braves; Brewers host Reds; Pirates at Blue Jays
Rockies have lost 18 of their last 24 games on the road, leaving them just two games above .500 on the road, but they did pull out a 3-2, 12-inning victory at Cleveland on Thursday to split that road series and took two of three at Washington in their previous road series.
D-Backs won two out of three from the Cubs at Wrigley Field Aug. 1-3, but they lost two of three to the Giants and the Dodgers in their two series since. They allowed 36 runs in the six games against the Giants and Dodgers.
Cardinals have won six in a row, moving ahead of the Brewers in the NL Central, and pulling to within one game of the division-leading Cubs. They host a Braves team that is 25-31 on the road, and ranks 10th among the 15 NL teams in road success.
Brewers have lost 17 of their last 24 games, falling from the NL Central lead to third pace in the division, and fourth in the battle for the two NL wild-card spots. They have lost thier last five games, including four to the Twins.
Pirates are 20-12 since July 4, including 6-1 in games started by Gerrit Cole, who is 4-1 with a 2.74 ERA in his seven starts. He struck out 46 and walked 10 in 46 innings in those seven starts.
Marlins continue to struggle in finding consistency in a rotation which has used 11 different starting pitchers this year. The rotation ranks 13th in NL with a 32-41 record and .438 winning percentage, and Jose Urena is 10-5, which means the 10 other pitchers who have started for the Marlins are 22-36.