Marquez Asked to Create Positive Start for Citi Field Visit

German Marquez was seemingly the forgotten ace of the Rockies rotation a year ago.

He opened the season in the Rockies bullpen, but never got into a game before he was shipped to Triple-A Albuquerque, only to be recalled in late April. And then, after three starts without a win he emerged in May and became the most consistent pitcher in the Rockies rotation. 

The only pitcher on the staff to work the 162 innings required to qualify for an ERA title, he tied Kyle Freeland for the team lead with 11 wins.

Well, the calendar has turned to May. The question is whether Marquez can put April behind him, again.

He draws the start in Friday's series-opening game against the Mets at Citi Park with the highest ERA (5.14) of any of the Rockies starters. 

Rockies Rotation

2017 2018
Player W L GS IP H R ER BB SO ERA W L GS IP H R ER BB SO ERA
Kyle Freeland 11 11 28 149.2 163 76 69 61 99 4.15 1 4 6 34 31 16 16 12 30 4.24
German Marquez 11 7 29 162 174 82 79 49 147 4.39 1 3 6 28 28 19 16 16 27 5.14
Jon Gray 10 4 20 110.1 113 47 45 30 112 3.67 3 4 7 39.2 42 23 22 10 41 4.99
Antonio Senzatela 10 5 20 111 115 64 62 39 79 5.03
Tyler Chatwood 8 14 25 136.1 127 74 72 71 109 4.75
Jeff Hoffman 6 5 16 90.1 93 54 53 33 71 5.28
Tyler Anderson 5 6 15 81 86 48 46 25 74 5.11 2 0 7 33.1 28 16 14 16 37 3.78
Chad Bettis 2 4 9 46.1 52 27 26 11 30 5.05 3 1 6 37 26 10 10 13 25 2.43

What can't be ignored is that Marquez may not have the victories the Rockies envisioned, but he will be starting on Friday on the road, and he and Chad Bettis, the scheduled starter for Saturday, have the second and third lowest road ERAs among National League starting pitchers.

NL Roard Warriors

Player Team W L GS IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO ERA AVG
Johnny Cueto SF 1 0 3 20 5 0 0 0 2 0 22 0 0.079
German Marquez Col 1 1 3 17 12 6 3 0 9 0 16 1.59 0.197
Chad Bettis Col 3 1 4 26.1 17 5 5 3 9 0 17 1.71 0.187
Jacob deGrom NYM 2 0 4 26.1 20 6 5 1 9 0 29 1.71 0.215
Jarlin Garcia Mia 1 0 2 15 9 3 3 2 8 1 11 1.8 0.17
Carlos Martinez StL 2 1 3 19.2 10 5 4 0 12 0 26 1.83 0.147
Chris Stratton SF 1 1 3 19.1 11 4 4 0 3 0 16 1.86 0.164
Aaron Nola Phi 1 1 4 23.2 15 5 5 1 7 0 16 1.9 0.19
Max Scherzer Was 3 1 4 23 20 8 5 1 8 0 36 1.96 0.225
Chase Anderson Mil 2 1 4 24.2 14 6 6 2 10 0 17 2.19 0.169

But then, in general, the Rockies have played well on the road this year. It's at home where they have been a puzzle. The Rockies are 12-8 on the road compared to 5-7 at Coors Field. The Mets, meanwhile, also have played well on the road (10-5, tied with Arizona for the best road winning percentage in the NL), but they are only 7-7 at home after being swept this week by the Braves.

Road Warriors

Road Home
Team W L Pct Team W L Pct
Arizona Diamondbacks 10 5 0.667 Arizona Diamondbacks 11 5 0.688
New York Mets 10 5 0.667 Philadelphia Phillies 11 5 0.688
Atlanta Braves 11 7 0.611 Atlanta Braves 8 4 0.667
Milwaukee Brewers 11 7 0.611 Pittsburgh Pirates 10 5 0.667
Colorado Rockies 12 8 0.6 St. Louis Cardinals 9 5 0.643
Chicago Cubs 8 6 0.571 San Francisco Giants 10 7 0.588
St. Louis Cardinals 8 7 0.533 Chicago Cubs 8 6 0.571
Washington Nationals 8 7 0.533 Milwaukee Brewers 8 6 0.571
Los Angeles Dodgers 7 9 0.438 New York Mets 7 7 0.5
Philadelphia Phillies 6 8 0.429 Washington Nationals 8 9 0.471
San Francisco Giants 6 8 0.429 Los Angeles Dodgers 7 8 0.467
Pittsburgh Pirates 7 10 0.412 Colorado Rockies 5 7 0.417
San Diego Padres 6 9 0.4 Miami Marlins 7 11 0.389
Miami Marlins 4 8 0.333 San Diego Padres 5 12 0.294
Cincinnati Reds 4 12 0.25 Cincinnati Reds 3 12 0.2

Citi Field has not been kind to the Rockies. Their .438 winning percentage is the Rockies eighth best as a visitor in an NL Park, and they have won a series at Citi Field only three times in the 10-year history of the ballpark. When they have won a series, though, they have dominated. Twice they swept a four-game series, and in the other year they won three of four.

On the Road Again

NL Parks At Citi Field
at Stadium W L ERA Pct. Year W L
SunTrust Park 2 1 3.81 0.667 2017 1 3
Nationals Park 23 13 3.59 0.639 2016 1 2
PETCO Park 67 67 3.58 0.5 2015 4 0
Busch Stadium II 29 29 4.91 0.5 2014 4 0
Great American 22 25 4.25 0.468 2013 0 3
Wrigley Field 45 52 4.3 0.464 2012 0 3
Miller Park 25 31 4.68 0.446 2011 0 4
Citi Field 14 18 4.06 0.438 2010 3 1
PNC Park 25 38 4.43 0.397 2009 1 2
Citizens Bank Park 19 30 4.69 0.388 Total 14 18
Dodger Stadium 78 128 4.24 0.379
AT&T Park 61 102 4.27 0.374
Chase Field 64 116 5.22 0.356
Marlins Park 7 17 4.79 0.292