The Marlins are already impressed by the play of 21-year-old outfielder Christian Yelich, and the Rockies are hopeful about the resurgence of starter Juan Nicasio. Both players will be on display Thursday at Coors Field, when the two teams wrap up their mid-week series.
For the Marlins, the arrival of prospect Yelich seems to have come at the right time as the team rebuilds and looks for positives for the rest of 2013 and beyond.
Yelich was 3-for-4 with two RBIs in his Major League debut Tuesday night and went hitless while drawing a walk on Wednesday, but the way he carries himself is what has impressed Miami manager Mike Redmond the most so far.
"I think what I saw was a lot like what we all saw in Spring Training," Redmond said. "It was just a no-panic confidence, great at-bats. He went up there and he looked totally comfortable in his surroundings and he didn't look like he was nervous at all … sometimes, [rookies] get a little bit overanxious in their debut.
"He put together some great at-bats and that's exactly what we liked about him in Spring Training, and he was able to go up there and do that."
The Rockies got a great night out of Nicasio in his last start. The right-hander, who will be opposed by Marlins righty Nathan Eovaldi on Thursday, held the Cubs to one run on three hits in five innings, leading to his second consecutive win, something he had not yet accomplished in his career.
Since a two-start demotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs, Nicasio has responded with his best work of the year. Prior to his last outing, he had held the Dodgers scoreless on three hits in seven innings.
"When I went down to Triple-A, I told a couple people I needed to clear my mind," Nicasio said. "Before, when I'd have a lead, I'd be careful. Now, I throw a fastball in the middle. Whatever, hit it. Just throw a fastball down."
Marlins: Eovaldi looking for bounce-back performance
Eovaldi hadn't pitched fewer than six innings in his first six starts of the season before his last against Milwaukee, when he was beat up for six runs on 10 hits in four innings.
"Most of the counts, I was behind," Eovaldi said. "I wasn't getting strike one, and then the fastball was up in the zone. It's hard to pitch that way. It's definitely frustrating ... just not attacking, really. I've got to attack those guys better."
One possible reason for the bad outing was the fact that Eovaldi hadn't been on the mound for eight days due to the All-Star break.
"He struggled with command and it looked like he was a little up in the zone with his fastball," Redmond said. "They hit him pretty good. He gave us everything he could."
Rockies: CarGo still one bag shy
• Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez has 26 home runs and 19 stolen bases, so his next steal will give him membership in the 20-20 club for the fourth consecutive season. No other Rockies player has ever had consecutive 20-20 seasons and current hitting coach Dante Bichette is the only other to have multiple 20-20 seasons (1994 and 1996). Gonzalez made an attempt at bag No. 20 on Wednesday night, but was thrown out.
• Todd Helton has 361 career home runs and is now tied with Joe DiMaggio for 76th on MLB's all-time list. He trails Lance Berkman of the Rangers (366) for 75th place.
• In his five games after the break, second baseman DJ LeMahieu has hit safely in each of them. He's 9-for-20 (.450) overall with a double, triple and two runs scored.
• Since June 16, Miami starting pitchers have allowed three or fewer runs in 28 of 32 games and two or fewer 21 times. The rotation's ERA of 3.03 (66 earned runs in 196 1/3 innings) over that span ranks third in the Majors behind Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh.
• Rockies reliever Rex Brothers has allowed just six earned runs all year (42 2/3 innings). All of the runs have been allowed at home.