Apr 3, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Franklin Morales (56) throws against the Miami Marlins during the third inning at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Preview: Franklin Morales vs. Matt Harrison

The Colorado Rockies keep on rolling, proving that they can hit on the road as well. In last night’s 9-2 victory over the Texas Rangers, the team pounded out 16 hits while Jorge De La Rosa went six strong innings.

Franklin Morales looks to keep the Rockies in the win column but is coming off one of his worst starts of the 2014 campaign. Against the New York Mets last Saturday, he went just five innings giving up nine hits, six runs, five earned, walking one while striking out five. Colorado looks to get the Franklin Morales that stifled the San Francisco Giants lineup back on 4/22. He would throw seven stellar innings giving up just five hits while striking out seven.

Rangers will send out Matt Harrison to avoid losing four-straight to the Rockies. He will be making his third start of the season and like teammate Colby Lewis, he too is coming off of a rough outing. The southpaw would earn the loss to the Los Angeles Angels Saturday, throwing just 4 1/3, giving up ten hits, three runs, three earned while walking three. The stats didn’t look that bad as far as runs allowed, but the lefty ran into pitch count issues with 96 on the night.

Game Notes:

  • Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 27-games Wednesday night; he is now tied with teammate Michael Cuddyer for the teams longest streak.
  • Carlos Gonzalez is also on a hitting streak of his own — riding 9-games with an average of .400.
  • Rangers have lost eight of their last ten.
  • Rockies have won 15 of their last 20.

First-pitch between the Colorado Rockies and Texas Rangers is scheduled for 8:05 PM ET, 6:05 PM MT.

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