Atkins looks to stretch his career-high hitting streak to 10 games when the Rockies try to finish a three-game sweep of the fading Los Angeles Dodgers at Coors Field.
Colorado is struggling through a last-place season, although many of its young players have proven they belong in the big leagues. One of them is the 25-year-old Atkins, who is batting .364 (12-for-33) during his hitting streak.
Atkins was slated to be the No. 2 hitter out of spring training before he missed 18 games in April with a hamstring injury. He has flourished in the sixth spot with a team-high 65 RBIs and Colorado has no plans to move him back.
“Right now, I kind of like him where he is,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “His on-base percentage is solid, but I think we’d like a little more speed in that (No. 2) spot, in a perfect world. That doesn’t mean it might not get revisited, but I’m looking for different options in September.”
Atkins is 4-for-8 with a pair of homers and six RBIs in the first two games of this series.
Colorado’s last three-game home sweep of Los Angeles was from May 27-29, 2003.
The Rockies have scored 22 runs and pounded out 27 hits in easily taking the first two games. Atkins and Brad Hawpe each homered in an 11-1 win Saturday.
Hawpe, who was activated off the disabled list Friday, is 5-for-9 in the series and has hit safely in eight straight games.
The Dodgers have dropped four straight to the Rockies, scoring nine runs in those games. Los Angeles has struck out 14 times in the first two games of this series.
Edwin Jackson makes his third start of the season for Los Angeles on Sunday. Jackson earned his fifth career win Aug. 27 by limiting Houston to three runs and six hits over 5 1-3 innings in an 8-3 victory.
The 21-year-old right-hander is 0-0 with a 12.38 ERA in two career starts against Colorado.