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Preview: Marlins (53-53) at Rockies (44-62)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 4
Venue: Coors Field
Date: July 25, 2013 3:10 PM EDT
  

The best the Colorado Rockies can do is earn a series split with the Miami Marlins.

Considering the way they've struggled at the plate, the Rockies might need another stellar start from Juan Nicasio for that to happen Thursday.

After taking two of three from the Chicago Cubs to open their 10-game homestand, the Rockies (49-53) dropped the first two of this set, totaling three runs.

Colorado, five back of the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers, won 2-1 on Wednesday, but its offensive woes continue as it's plated two or fewer runs in 13 of 21 games. Second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who is 9 for 20 while hitting safely in all five games he's played since the All-Star break, is the only Rockie hitting better than .300 as they've split their first six games of the second half.

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"Two runs here, hopefully you get more spark than that,' said Todd Helton, who moved past Wade Boggs for 18th all-time with his 579th double.

Nicasio (6-4, 4.73 ERA), though, might not need much run support if he pitches the way he has so far in July. The right-hander is 2-0 with an 0.75 ERA in two starts following a brief demotion to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

"When I went down to Triple-A, I told a couple people I needed to clear my mind," Nicasio told the Rockies' official website Saturday after throwing five innings of one-run ball in a 9-3 victory over the Cubs. "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."

Nicasio has faced the Marlins once before, a 7-6 loss at Miami on May 22, 2012, when he gave up six runs in five innings.

The NL-worst Marlins (37-62), who entered this series on a franchise-worst 37-inning scoreless stretch, have scored just 12 times in eight games, but their starters have allowed more than two runs only once during that span.

Surprisingly, it was Nathan Eovaldi (2-1, 4.15), Thursday's starter, who had the rough outing. The right-hander, going for a sixth consecutive quality start, was tagged for six runs and 10 hits in four innings of Saturday's 6-0 loss at Milwaukee.

"Most of the counts, I was behind and the ball was up in the zone. It's frustrating. It's tough to pitch like that,' Eovaldi said.

While he had no room for error his last time out, Eovaldi's 4.67 run-support average since his season debut June 18 leads the team.

His two starts in Denver came last season, one with the Los Angeles Dodgers and one with the Marlins. He went 1-1 with a 2.19 ERA.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Marlins at Rockies
Mon, Jul 22 Final 3 to 1
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Marlins at Rockies
Tue, Jul 23 Final 4 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Marlins at Rockies
Wed, Jul 24 Final 1 to 2
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 4
Marlins at Rockies
Thu, Jul 25 Final 5 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 MIA  +150   -140   9.5 
 COL  -160   +120   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 MIA  +151   -135   9.5 
 COL  -166   +115   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 MIA  11%   7%   35% 
 COL  89%   93%   65% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 24, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 1 Under: 3 
 COL 2 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Jul 23, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 4 Cover: +139 
 COL 2 Under: 6 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Jul 22, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 MIA 3 Cover: +155 
 COL 1 Under: 4 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps

 MLB PREVIEWS
 Thursday, Jul 25
 
    Braves at Mets
12:10 PM EDT
    Pirates at Nationals
12:35 PM EDT
    Yankees at Rangers
2:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at White Sox
2:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Brewers
2:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Rockies
3:10 PM EDT
    Astros at Blue Jays
7:05 PM EDT
    Rays at Red Sox
7:10 PM EDT
    Phillies at Cardinals
7:15 PM EDT
    Orioles at Royals
8:10 PM EDT
    Cubs at Diamondbacks
9:40 PM EDT
    Angels at Athletics
10:05 PM EDT
    Twins at Mariners
10:10 PM EDT
    Reds at Dodgers
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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