Rockies visit hot Astros as Greinke makes debut

Houston Astros pitcher Zack Greinke speaks to the media during a press conference before a baseball game between the Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Houston. Greinke was acquired via a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks on July 31. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

Colorado Rockies (52-60, fourth in the NL West) vs. Houston Astros (73-40, first in the NL West)

Houston; Tuesday, 6 p.m. MT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Rockies — German Marquez (10-5, 4.68 ERA); Astros — Zack Greinke (10-4, 2.90 ERA)

BOTTOM LINE: Houston enters the matchup as winners of their last four games. The Astros are 41-15 on their home turf. The Houston pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 3.70. Justin Verlander leads the team with a 2.74 ERA. The Rockies are 23-33 on the road. The Colorado offense has compiled a .268 batting average as a team this season, good for first in the National League. Charlie Blackmon leads the team with a an average of .325.

TOP PERFORMERS: Yuli Gurriel leads the Astros with 50 extra base hits and is slugging .512. George Springer is 10-for-39 with two doubles, two triples, three home runs and six RBIs over the last 10 games for Houston. Trevor Story leads the Rockies with 57 extra base hits and is batting .285. Daniel Murphy is 16-for-37 with five doubles, two home runs and 11 RBIs over the last 10 games for Colorado.


Astros: 8-2, .274 batting average, 2.35 ERA, outscored opponents by 31 runs

Rockies: 5-5, .300 batting average, 4.19 ERA, outscored opponents by 11 runs

Astros Injuries: Ryan Pressly: 10-day IL (knee), Brad Peacock: 10-day IL (shoulder), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-day IL (elbow), Josh James: 10-day IL (shoulder).

Rockies Injuries: Tyler Anderson: 60-day IL (knee), David Dahl: 10-day IL (ankle), Brendan Rodgers: 60-day IL (shoulder).

The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.