are closing in on a spot in the postseason - something
has gotten used to in his career - but the team would much prefer to have an effective Marquis once it gets there.
The 15-game winner will try to solve some of his recent control problems Wednesday night as the Rockies continue their series
against the visiting
San Diego Padres
Although Marquis' teams have made the playoffs in each of his nine major league seasons, the right-hander hasn't started a
postseason game since 2004.
He'll be asked to play a bigger October role for Colorado (86-65) this year, with the Rockies in strong position with 11 regular
season games to play. They hold a five-game lead on San Francisco and Atlanta in the NL wild-card race, and their current
three-game winning streak has trimmed their magic number to seven.
Marquis (15-11, 3.84 ERA) is a big reason why they're in that position, as he turned in 19 quality starts in his first 25
outings. Only one of his last five has been a quality start, though, as the right-hander is 1-3 with a 6.00 ERA in that stretch.
He has walked nine in his last two starts, including five in six innings during the Rockies' 7-5 loss at Arizona on Friday.
Marquis didn't get the loss, but he gave up four runs and a home run to
, just the fifth homer off Marquis in his last 100 innings.
"I felt good with where I was at," Marquis said. "One mistake pitch gets hit out of the ballpark, costs you the game. I'm
disappointed about the loss."
The Rockies were more fortunate Tuesday, allowing four runs in the ninth inning before holding on for an 11-10 win in the
series opener. Colorado's bullpen situation should be more secure, however, with closer
Street, returning from a biceps problem, retired the only two batters he faced in the seventh inning in his first appearance
since Sept. 1, and Rockies manager
said he'll immediately begin closing games.
"When I handed (Tracy) the ball, he said, 'You convinced me,'" said Street, who has converted 33 of 34 saves this year and
hasn't blown one since June 2.
It will also help the Rockies if they continue to hit as they have in their last three games. They've totaled 26 runs and
hit six home runs in that stretch, with
hitting his 23rd and driving in three runs Tuesday.
(4-7, 3.56) will try to quiet Colorado's lineup. The right-hander had been 3-0 with a 2.22 ERA in his previous four starts
before Friday, when he allowed three runs, four hits and four walks in three innings of a 5-1 loss to Pittsburgh.
"I really didn't have anything out there," Stauffer said.
Stauffer had better stuff Sept. 12, when he allowed one run and three hits in six innings of the Padres' 3-2, 10-inning win
over Colorado. He earned a victory in his lone appearance at Coors Field, tossing seven strong innings in a 12-2 victory July
Marquis won his first two starts against San Diego this season, allowing one run over 16 innings, but he walked four and gave
up five runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 7-3 loss Sept. 13.
The Padres (69-83) took two of three from Colorado in that series and have won 17 of their last 28 overall, but they're 2-5
in Denver this year.