This start followed his Rockies debut in their home opener Friday, and in both cases, Marquis provided a veteran presence, a sinkerball specialist capable of getting opponents to beat the ball into the ground and a pitcher capable of helping himself with the bat.
Marquis went 23-18 in two seasons with the Cubs, but he was booed by a sellout crowd of 39,361 when introduced. Marquis simply went about his business, which to date with the Rockies has been remarkably efficient.
The 30-year-old is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA. He pitched seven innings in a 5-2 win over the Cubs after going that distance against the World Series champion Phillies on Friday at Coors Field and winning 10-3.
Manager Clint Hurdle, knowing Aaron Cook and Ubaldo Jimenez would be at the front of the rotation, said he targeted Marquis for that Coors Field assignment soon after the trade, knowing Marquis would have no trouble dealing with a sellout crowd and the emotions of the day.
Marquis got 10 groundball outs against the Cubs after getting 13 against the Phillies. He has allowed just 10 hits in 14 innings -- three doubles and seven singles -- and has limited opposing hitters to one hit in 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
A famously good-hitting pitcher, Marquis is 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs this season. Against the Cubs, he singled home the Rockies' first two runs with two outs in the second. Lifetime, Marquis is 94-for-446 (.211) with five homers and 42 RBIs.
Marquis, whose career record is 81-70, is slotted third in the Rockies' rotation. As the starters make their second turn through the rotation, Marquis is assured of being the only member of the rotation who will work seven innings in each start and win them both.
Marquis Returns to Chicago
Northsiders Report Top Stories
NSR’s All-Star teamCubs top prospect Eloy Jimenez headlines the 2016 Cubs All-Stars along with Carolina League Pitcher of the Year Trevor Clifton
Northsiders ReportThursday at 7:52 AM
Clifton, Jimenez honoredThe Chicago Cubs named right-hander Trevor Clifton the Minor League Pitcher of the Year and outfielder Eloy Jimenez took honors as the Cubs top position player.
Pelicans are ChampsThe Pelicans won their second straight Mills Cup with a 5-3 victory over Lynchburg for a 3-1 series win. James Pugliese tossed four perfect relief innings and MVP David Bote went 2…
Eugene takes title; Pelicans winEugene captured it first NWL title since 1975 while Myrtle Beach blanked Lynchburg in Game 3 of the Mills Cup.