Morris was one of the big questions the Cardinals had heading into this season in their quest to return to the World Series. He has answered them by looking fully recovered from offseason shoulder surgery.
The right-hander has won five games, including his last three outings. However, he has struggled in his only three appearances at Coors Field. He is 0-2 with a 7.50 ERA, giving up five homers in just 15 innings.
The Rockies hope to have similar success on Wednesday.
Colorado snapped a four-game losing streak on Tuesday in a 2-1 win over the Cardinals. The game was the first this season and only the 11th in Coors Field history in which the teams combined for fewer than four runs.
With the victory, the Rockies improved to 15-35—one game better than the record the 1993 expansion team had after 50 games. It’s still worst record in the National League this season, 3 1/2 games behind Houston.
The Rockies’ struggles lately are exemplified by their best player, first baseman Todd Helton. He is in a 3-for-50 slump and his average has dropped from .339 to .260. Colorado manager Clint Hurdle didn’t start him on Tuesday, though Helton pinch-hit in the eighth and grounded out.
“He wants to play. He wants to play every day. As a manager, I take responsibility,” Hurdle said. “I don’t think he’ll ever believe a day off is good for him. But we’ve tried everything else except for giving him a breather.”