The frigid, snowy weather is hopefully a thing of the past for the Rockies this season.
After getting postponed Monday and Wednesday and dealing with chilly temperatures in games they did play this week, the Rockies welcome the D-backs and warmer weather to Coors Field for a weekend series.
Game-time temperature was 28 degrees in Colorado's 11-3 win against the Mets on Thursday. It's expected to be more than 20 degrees higher for Friday's opener, with a projected high of 52 in Denver, according to weather.com.
This series marks the first games between the National League West foes this season after they played fairly evenly a year ago, with the D-backs taking 10 of 18 matchups.
The Rockies should be in good position to take Friday's opener and extend their six-game winning streak with Jhoulys Chacin on the mound. The right-hander has pitched well against the D-backs of late -- allowing three earned runs or fewer in six of his past seven starts -- and is 3-2 with a 2.81 ERA in 11 games (10 starts) against Arizona.
Current D-backs hitters are batting only .211 against Chacin.
Chacin's counterpart, right-hander Ian Kennedy, also has past success against his opponent. Kennedy has a 2.71 ERA in 12 starts against the Rockies, including a 3.19 mark in five starts at Coors Field.
Kennedy is coming off a start against the Dodgers that he deemed "unacceptable," allowing six runs in 5 2/3 innings. Before the D-backs finished their series with a 6-2 win against the Yankees on Thursday night, Kennedy left New York separately, in order to make sure he is well rested for his outing.
"Hope it works," manager Kirk Gibson said. "The altitude has some effect on some guys. Maybe he gets a better night's sleep. I tend not to sleep my first night there. We'll get in late, it's going to be cold there and stuff."
D-backs: Goldschmidt's strong start
• First baseman Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-5 on Thursday and has reached safely in all 15 games to start the season, tying teammate Miguel Montero for the fourth-longest streak to open a season in franchise history. Luis Gonzalez set the record in 1999, when he reached base safely in his first 35 games.
• Shortstop Didi Gregorius began his D-backs career with a bang on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, leading off the third inning with a home run off Phil Hughes. He later doubled and finished 2-for-5. The D-backs acquired Gregorius from the Reds this winter as part of the three-team trade that sent pitcher Trevor Bauer to the Indians.
"He's got pull power," Gibson said. "He's pretty aggressive at the plate, but he battles. He sees the righties really well. He said he doesn't see lefties as well and we told him to make a little adjustment, open up a little bit and get your eyes squared to the pitcher, and it's helped him a lot."
Rockies: CarGo swinging hot bat
• Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez continued his hot hitting Thursday, going 3-for-5 against the Mets for his eighth multihit game of the season. He also extended his hitting streak to four games, during which he's batting .600 (12-for-20) with four doubles, a triple and a home run.
Gonzalez's next homer will be his 100th with the Rockies.
• First baseman Todd Helton is tied with Ivan Rodriguez for 21st on Major League Baseball's all-time doubles list.
• Yorvit Torrealba needs two hits for 700 in his career.
• Wednesday's postponed game against the Mets will be played at 4:10 p.m. MT on June 27 at Coors Field.
• D-backs hitting coach Don Baylor, who was the Rockies' first manager from 1993-98, was scheduled to be inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday night.
• Chacin is riding a three-game winning streak at Coors Field.
• Colorado's Dexter Fowler (.292, 7-for-24) and Helton (.316, 6-for-19) have had success in their careers against Kennedy.