DENVER -- Five games behind the red-hot Dodgers entering play Friday, the Rockies are still in contention in the NL West.
But after dropping three of four at Coors Field to the Marlins -- who have the second-worst record in the Majors -- a three-game set with the Brewers holds even greater importance for the Rockies. The Rockies must take two of three in order to come away with a .500 record on the homestand.
"We need to finish the homestand strong, no question about it," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "We need to play better from here on out."
Despite the team's offensive woes, Weiss said he does not want his players pressing at the plate.
Not having Carlos Gonzalez in the lineup for the series opener certainly won't help a Rockies squad that scored three or fewer runs in all of its games against Miami.
Ian McCue is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.