Rockies road to 100 losses becomes clearer as another key player gets hurt

Apr 10, 2023, 11:39 PM

Germán Márquez made Rockies history on Monday, recording his 65th career win which ranks him third on Colorado’s all-time list but sadly the rocket-throwing righty left the game early due to a forearm injury.

Márquez left the 7-4 Rockies win over the Cardinals in the sixth inning. Catcher Elías Díaz told his Venezuelan battery mate to stop pitching after he initially felt some tightness in the fourth inning.

“He started moving his arm and I saw his face and I thought there is something wrong here,” Diaz said. “I came to the mound and asked him how he was feeling. He said, ‘I feel a little tight.’”

Márquez was making his third start of the season and has a 4.41 ERA through 16.1 innings pitched with a 2-1 record.

“We hope he’s going to be fine. We think he is,” Bud Black said postgame. “We are going to reevaluate him tomorrow. We’ll see how he is tomorrow and the next day.”

Márquez suffered a similar injury in Aug. 2019, when he was shut down for the final six weeks of play. He didn’t need surgery but said that past injury was more pain whereas this is tight but he did compare the two.

“I hope I will be all right, just tightness,” Márquez said, adding that he’s not worried about the injury.

The former All-Star is in his eighth big league season all coming in Colorado.

Márquez exited the game with 979 career strikeouts, six away from matching Jorge De La Rosa for the most in Rockies history.

Any time missed by their best pitcher could significantly derail the Rockies who are very thin at the position. Last season was the lone time in Márquez career where he performed below league average. Still, he may have been the difference between 94 losses and more. Currently, the Rockies are projected to lose 97 games and given Márquez has been about a 3 fWAR (wins above replacement) pitcher per season in his eight years, losing him could spell the first 100-loss season in team history.

The Rockies are already without important pitchers closer Daniel Bard, who is progressing through anxiety, and Antonio Senzatela, who is working back from a torn ACL.

On an individual level, Márquez is in a contract year with a club option for 2024.



Todd Helton...

Andrew Mason

Todd Helton uses Hall of Fame speech to thank those who made his induction possible

Todd Helton was never all that comfortable talking about himself, so he used his Hall of Fame induction speech to pay tribute to others.

1 day ago

Charlie Condon Colorado Rockies MLB Draft...

Andrew Mason

Rockies give first-round pick largest draft bonus in MLB history

Charlie Condon could be the biggest part of the Colorado Rockies' foundation, and on Friday, they gave him a signing bonus reflecting that.

3 days ago

Polar Pasta...

Andrew Mason

Want ice cream that looks like spaghetti? The Rockies’ Polar Pasta has you covered

The Rockies might be out of the race, but at the concession stand they're trying new things, like a concoction called Polar Pasta.

4 days ago

Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies...

Jake Shapiro

5 storylines to watch in the second half of the Rockies 2024 season

The Colorado Rockies begin the second half of their season on Friday and at 34-63 they're the worst team in the National League West

4 days ago

Ezequiel Tovar #14 and Brenton Doyle #9 of the Colorado Rockies...

Jake Shapiro

MLB announces 2025 schedule for the Colorado Rockies

The world now knows when and where their favorite ballclub will play across America in 2025 as MLB released their schedule for the season

4 days ago

Ryan McMahon...

Will Petersen

Ryan McMahon tells New York Post he asked Rockies GM to stay

Ryan McMahon revealed to the newspaper that he went out of his way to tell GM Bill Schmidt not to trade him; he wants to stay in Denver

5 days ago

Rockies road to 100 losses becomes clearer as another key player gets hurt