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Colorado Rockies vs. Miami Marlins Pick & Prediction JUN 23TH 2022

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8.5
OPENNER
-110

8.5o 100
CURRENT
-1.5 +135

+125
MONEYLINE
-149

2
SCORE
3

Colorado Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland is experiencing an interesting week.

On Monday -- during an off day -- he and his wife flew to Tampa to support his hometown NHL team, the Colorado Avalanche, who lost that Stanley Cup Final game 6-2 to the Lightning.

On Thursday afternoon, Freeland (3-5, 4.46 ERA) will get another chance at a Colorado victory when he starts against the host Miami Marlins, who will attempt to complete a three-game sweep.

Freeland is 2-0 with a 4.15 ERA in four career appearances, including two starts, against the Marlins. The last time he pitched in Miami was in 2019, when he beat the Marlins 6-3 by allowing just one run in seven innings.

The Rockies are looking for more offensive production after losing 7-4 to Miami on Wednesday. Colorado was held to just one run until the ninth, when Elias Diaz slugged a three-run homer to make the score look more respectable.

Rockies shortstop Jose Iglesias -- known for his defense -- went 1-for-3 on Wednesday, raising his batting average to .304.

"He's a tough out," Rockies manager Bud Black said when asked about Iglesias prior to the game. "The perception has always been 'good field, lighter bat,' but I don't see that. This guy can hit."

The Marlins will start left-hander Braxton Garrett (1-2, 4.85 ERA) on Thursday.

Garrett has faced the Rockies just once in his brief career, and that happened when Colorado beat him 4-3 on June 9, 2021. Garrett allowed five hits, three walks and two runs in four innings.

This season, the Marlins are 1-2 when Garrett starts. His one impressive start came on June 11, when he beat the Astros by allowing one run, none earned, in 5 2/3 innings. In his other two starts, he allowed a combined seven runs in 7 1/3 innings.

He will hope for some offensive support from Jazz Chisholm Jr., who leads the team with 14 homers.

Chisholm, who leads National League second basemen in All-Star balloting, was rested on Tuesday by manager Don Mattingly. One day later, Chisholm responded by blasting a two-run, upper-deck homer. He also stroked an RBI single.

"I'm thanking Donnie every day," Chisholm said of his manager. "He's a great coach. He cares about the players. He knew I needed a personal day to reset, and you see the result."

Mattingly said it's not just Chisholm who needs an occasional reset day.

"We see it with everybody," he said. "Even (Marlins center fielder Jesus) Sanchez having the illness, just having the reset of watching games without having to play.

"The games keep coming. Those days when you don't have to go out there -- it's helpful at times. You'd like your guys to think about wanting to play every day, but there are times when they need that day."

Mattingly said Chisholm -- who entered Wednesday batting just .182 in June -- prospered from the psychological rest.

"If you have been struggling, it's more mental," Mattingly said. "Baseball is not really that physical, other than it's every day. That's the mental side.

"Getting yourself ready to play every day is the biggest challenge. When you are struggling, you start thinking, 'What's wrong with my swing?' instead of coming to the park ready to play."

--Field Level Media

PREDICTION
Colorado Rockies
4
5
Miami Marlins

Colorado Rockies vs. Miami Marlins Recap JUN 23TH 2022

Avisail Garcia drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning as the host Miami Marlins completed a three-game sweep, courtesy of a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday afternoon.

Miami won its sixth straight home game after limiting Colorado to 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. In total, the Rockies stranded 13 runners on base.

Miami's Jon Berti, who went 2-for-4, scored one run and stole two bases. That tied Emilio Bonafacio's 2012 franchise record with 21 consecutive stolen bases without being caught.

Steven Okert (5-0) pitched one scoreless inning for the win. Tanner Scott pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save of the season.

Colorado's Kyle Freeland received a no-decision despite registering a quality start, allowing two runs on seven hits with no walks.

Reliever Alex Colome (2-2) took the loss after yielding one run on two hits in one inning.

Marlins starter Braxton Garrett also got a no-decision despite striking out seven batters and walking just one. But he also allowed nine hits -- six of them with two strikes -- in just 4 2/3 innings.

Garrett pitched well early, getting two straight strikeouts to strand Elias Diaz after his second-inning triple.

Miami opened the scoring in the bottom of the second as Jesus Aguilar doubled and scored on Miguel Rojas' single.

Colorado grabbed a 2-1 lead in the third with a rally that began with a two-out, none-on walk to C.J. Cron. Brendan Rogers followed with an RBI double and Ryan McMahon added a run-scoring single.

Miami tied the score in the bottom of the third as Berti doubled and stole third before scoring on Jorge Soler's sacrifice fly.

Colorado nearly went ahead in the sixth as leadoff batter Elehuris Montero doubled high off the wall in left-center field. But Montero was stranded after a strikeout and two grounders.

The Rockies threatened again in the seventh with Rodgers' one-out triple, but Colorado couldn't get him home.

Miami punched a pair of two-out singles in the bottom of the seventh, but Freeland struck out Jazz Chisholm Jr. on his 107th and final pitch.

The Marlins surged ahead in the eighth, thanks in part to Garrett Cooper's one-out single.

Luke Williams, who replaced Cooper as a pinch-runner, raced to third on Aguilar's single. Williams then raced home when the Rockies failed to get a double play on Garcia's grounder.

In the ninth, Rodgers singled, but Scott struck out the final two batters.

--Field Level Media

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