Colorado Rockies series preview: 3 game series against Miami

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies yells at a fan sitting by the on-deck circle after hitting a three run home run off of Jake Barrett #33 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning at Chase Field on September 11, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 11: Nolan Arenado #28 of the Colorado Rockies yells at a fan sitting by the on-deck circle after hitting a three run home run off of Jake Barrett #33 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the eighth inning at Chase Field on September 11, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies
SAN DIEGO, CA – SEPTEMBER 24: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies is congratulated by /Stu Cole #39 after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on September 24, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /

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The Marlins and the D’Backs this past weekend

In the Marlins most recent series with the D’Backs, their offense averaged nearly nine runs a game with a .315 batting average. They lost two of three games because their pitching did not do well. They had an ERA of 7.37. On Friday, the Marlins lost 13-11. They won on Saturday by a score of 12-6 and they lost Sunday on a walk-off win by the D’Backs by a score of 3-2.

The Rockies offense

The Rockies offense finally woke up on Sunday as they scored eight runs. However, between September 17 and September 23, the Rockies were shut out in three games and in the other three games, they scored three runs twice and four runs once. As a result, they only averaged 1.7 runs in that six game span. They also only hit .223 with a .285 on-base percentage and a .294 slugging percentage.

The ice-cold bat of Charlie Blackmon came to life on Sunday when he went 2-for-4 with three runs, a walk, and a home run. Between September 10 and Saturday, Blackmon only had six hits in 12 games with an average of .133. He only had three hits between September 17 and 23.

Before Sunday, Nolan Arenado was only hitting .190 since September 17. He went 1-for-3 on Sunday.

Final Thoughts

There’s a reason why the Marlins are nine games under .500: they aren’t a good team. Therefore, the Rockies need to win at least two of three. Despaigne and Conley will be the easier starters and Jose Urena will be the most difficult so they will plan accordingly. They still could easily sweep the Marlins even with Urena.

Next: Putting the Rockies offense in perspective

The Brewers have an off-day on Monday so if the Rockies win, they could increase their lead in the Wild Card standings to 2 1/2. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, they will face the Cincinnati Reds. They are 9-7 against them this year and the Reds are also not a good team. They could very easily sweep the Reds but the Brewers can’t gain ground if the Rockies don’t lose. They have some room to lose but you want to have a cushion, especially heading into the final series against the Dodgers.

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