Look­ing ahead

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - Nick Groke, The Den­ver Post

Ger­man Mar­quez (8-4, 4.20 ERA) at Na­tion­als RHP Tan­ner Roark (8-6, 4.83), 5:05 p.m. Fri­day, AT&T Sport­sNet; 850 AM

In his past three starts, Mar­quez, a 22-year-old rookie, has blazed through an ef­fec­tive run of com­mand, strik­ing out 23 bat­ters and walk­ing just four. That’s the kind of con­trol and strike zone cov­er­age that makes Col­orado man­ager Bud Black smile. Last week, in a benches-clear­ing game against the Pi­rates at Coors Field, Mar­quez got fired up by the rhubarb and shut down hit­ters, giv­ing up just two runs on three hits over seven in­nings. His WHIP (walks and hits al­lowed per in­ning) and bat­ting av­er­age against are all down to sea­son lows. He is rolling. Satur­day: Rock­ies LHP Kyle Free­land (10-7, 3.64 ERA) at Na­tion­als TBA, 5:05 p.m., AT&T Sport­sNet

Sun­day: Rock­ies RHP Jon Gray (3-1, 5.84) at Na­tion­als RHP Ed­win Jack­son (1-1, 3.75), 11:35 a.m., AT&T Sport­sNet Mon­day: Off

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