Marquez (illness) pitched in a minor-league game Thursday against the Diamondbacks, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. He struck out 10 while covering six innings. After his last Cactus League start March 9 against the Indians, Marquez experienced symptoms of the stomach bug that had been making its way around the clubhouse earlier in the month. Though Marquez was able to make his subsequent start on his normal four days' rest, the Rockies chose to ease him back into action in a more controlled setting versus lesser competition. He should re-enter the Cactus League pitching schedule during the upcoming week, with his next start likely coming Tuesday versus the Angels or Wednesday against the Royals.
Marquez said after Saturday's outing that he thinks he's coming down with the stomach bug that's been going around the Rockies clubhouse, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. He sure pitched well for someone starting to feel the effects of an illness, striking out nine without allowing an earned run over three innings against the Indians. Marquez is a polarizing pitcher this draft season. At the very least he should provide a bunch of strikeouts after finishing eighth in the majors in strikeouts last year as a 23-year-old.
Marquez will start Game 3 of the NLDS against the Brewers on Sunday, Kyle Newman of The Denver Post reports. Following Marquez will be Kyle Freeland, who started Tuesday's NL Wild Card Game versus the Cubs. During Marquez's start against the Dodgers on Monday in the NL West tiebreaker, he allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out nine across 4.2 innings. He posted a 3.77 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 230 strikeouts in 196 innings (33 starts) this season.
Marquez (14-11) allowed four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks while striking out nine over 4.2 innings and taking the loss Monday against the Dodgers. Marquez surrendered a two-run blast in the fourth inning followed by another two-run homer in the fifth before exiting in a 4-0 ballgame. The 23-year-old failed to lead his team to a division title, so the Rockies will take the field Tuesday in Chicago for the wild-card game. If Colorado can beat the Cubs, Marquez figures to pitch on Sunday against the Brewers.
Marquez will start Monday's game against the Dodgers, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports. The Dodgers are countering with Walker Buehler, setting this up to be a battle of exciting young pitchers with the division crown on the line. Marquez has pitched well against the Dodgers this season, notching a 2.57 ERA with 22 strikeouts over three starts (21.0 innings).