Marquis hopes to solve recent woes

Marquis hopes to solve recent woes

DENVER -- Jason Marquis had an easy laugh and smile around the Rockies' clubhouse on Sunday afternoon. It was a good day, and not because the New Yorker's beloved Jets won for the third time in as many football games.

Marquis had just completed a bullpen session that gave him further evidence that he has solved the issues that have led to a skid that has seen him go 1-4 with a 6.49 ERA in his last six starts.

"Not only in the bullpen session, but just playing catch, I feel I'm where I was two or three months ago," Marquis said. "I'm cleaning up my downhill angle.

"When you get into a game, there's a lot more adrenaline going on, so you've got to be able to slow everything down and incorporate it. I'm excited about getting the ball on Tuesday."

The Rockies left Sunday with a 2 1/2-game lead on the Braves in the National League Wild Card race. Their magic number is five (combination of wins and Braves losses).

The Rockies acquired Marquis from the Cubs over the winter for such big games. The deal paid off for the Rockies during the first half of the year, when Marquis earned a trip to the All-Star Game. Tuesday's start will give him a chance to show leadership when it matters most.

Marquis said he is excited about the start, but he also has to throttle down the emotion.

There were times during his last start, a home loss to the Padres when he lasted 4 2/3 innings, that he would leap in frustration when a hit would fall.

"I've done a poor job the last few times out," Marquis said. "You can't control the outcome of what the hitters do, but you can control your emotions and how you handle yourself on the mound. I'm ready to move forward and do what I was doing the first few months."

Pitching matchup
COL: RHP Jason Marquis (15-12, 3.98 ERA)
Before Marquis' last start, when he gave up six runs (five earned) in 4 2/3 innings against the Padres, manager Jim Tracy said Marquis was over-analyzing, anticipating adjustments by hitters. The manager wants him to get back to the sinker that was responsible for his success through three-quarters of the year.

MIL: LHP Chris Narveson (2-0, 3.82 ERA)
Whomever starts this game will also get the Brewers' season finale, and an off-day could allow manager Ken Macha to shuffle the rotation to make Jeff Suppan the choice. But Narveson may have pitched his way into that honor with 5 2/3 outstanding innings against the Cubs on Wednesday, allowing only three hits, including a solo homer to opposing starter Jeff Samardzija. Narveson is trying to make his case for a job next season, and the Brewers may want to take the opportunity to see him as much as possible.

Tidbits
The two-inning save by Huston Street on Sunday was the third of his career. He went two innings twice for the Athletics -- on Aug. 2, 2006, against the Angels and June 3, 2006, agianst the Twins. ... Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki committed two errors on Sunday for just his second two-error game. The last was Aug. 6, 2007, against the Brewers. ... The Rockies won two-of-three from the Cardinals but went 0-for-16 with runners in scoring position until Brad Hawpe's first-inning single Sunday. They were 2-for-11 on Sunday to bring the total to 2-for-27.

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Up next
• Wednesday: Rockies (Jason Hammel, 9-8, 4.30) vs. Brewers (Jeff Suppan, 7-11, 5.04), 6:40 p.m. MT
• Thursday: Rockies (Aaron Cook, 10-6, 4.32) vs. Brewers (Manny Parra, 11-10, 6.16), 1:10 p.m. MT
• Friday: Rockies (Ubaldo Jimenez, 14-12, 3.52) at Dodgers (TBD), 8:10 p.m. MT

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.