30 mins following Game 1.
This will be the 14th of 20 consecutive days on which the Marlins will be playing. Monday originally was scheduled as an off day, but had to be used for a pair of make-up games against the Rockies.
The second game of Florida’s series at Coors Field in late April was snowed out and a scheduled doubleheader the following day was rained out.
With the teams they’re chasing in the playoff race having Monday off, the Marlins could make up a game in the standings if they sweep the twinbill. They’re 5 1/2 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves in the NL East, and two back of the wild card-leading Houston Astros.
Florida has been playing better despite recently losing slugger Carlos Delgado to the disabled list. The Marlins have gone 12-6 since July 18, and won two of three games at Cincinnati over the weekend.
Dontrelle Willis allowed four hits in eight innings for his career-high 15th win in the Marlins’ 2-0 victory over the Reds on Sunday.
Willis’ counterpart, Ramon Ortiz, committed three errors trying to pick off Juan Pierre at first base and that led to both Florida runs. Pierre, who had three steals in the series and leads the NL with 38, had two hits Sunday after going into the game in a 4-for-44 slump.
“I haven’t been getting on base as much as I’d like to be,” said Pierre, a career .305 hitter who is batting .262 this year. “This shows that speed can play a part. You don’t expect three bad pickoff throws. You see something new in baseball every day.”
The Rockies have won five of seven, and are coming off a 4-2 road trip. However, Colorado is returning home following Sunday’s 9-4 loss at Arizona.
The rebuilding Rockies, owners of the NL’s worst record, must be encouraged by the play of second-year outfielder Matt Holliday. He has four homers and 11 RBIs in the last nine games, and is batting .352 since being activated from the disabled list in mid-July.