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The Oakland A's, barring a collapse in the last two weeks of the abbreviated season, are headed to the playoffs. The Colorado Rockies need to rally to get into the playoff bubble, and getting a win in the second of a two-game series with Oakland is vital.

The Rockies (22-25) squandered a fast start in July and early August and are trying to recover. They have their ace, German Marquez, going against A's right-hander Mike Fiers on Wednesday afternoon, as every game from here on out carries importance.

"We're in position even though we haven't played great over the last three weeks or so," Rockies manager Bud Black told reporters Tuesday of the playoffs. "I know the guys in the room want to make the playoffs, but we've got to get it done between the lines. Our mindset is to make the playoffs. We're in position."

Colorado's recent struggles have not helped. Even after Tuesday's 3-1 win over Oakland the Rockies have dropped nine of their last 14, and they have won consecutive games just once in the last two weeks.

Having Marquez (2-5, 4.35 ERA) going is a good thing, considering his short history against Oakland. He beat the A's on the road July 29, allowing one run on four hits and striking out eight in six innings and also beat them in 2018 at home.

He is 2-0 against the A's in those two starts, tossing 13 2/3 innings while giving up three runs and fanning 16.

Oakland (30-19) has stayed atop the American League West despite dealing with injuries, and it will have to play the rest of the season and playoffs without its All-Star third baseman Matt Chapman. Chapman had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum in his left hip and is expected to face four months of recovery.

"Obviously, we have plenty of time prior to Spring Training," A's head trainer Nick Paparesta said on Tuesday. "Once we get him into Spring Training, we'll get him through our progression program for his running and then baseball activities and see where we are at that time."

Oakland signed infielder Jake Lamb off waivers on Monday and he doubled and scored a run in Tuesday's win. The A's also got some good news on the injury front when outfielder Stephen Piscotty was said to be day to day with a right knee that forced him out of the first game of Monday's doubleheader in Seattle.

Oakland hopes Fiers (5-2, 5.06) can have his first good outing against Colorado. In two career appearances against the Rockies he is 0-1 with a 24.00 ERA. He has started just one game against them, in 2012 when he was with Milwaukee, and was hit hard. He gave up eight runs on nine hits and lasted just two innings.

Fiers has pitched well lately, going 4-1 with a 3.81 ERA and two home runs allowed over his last five starts after going 1-1 with a 6.86 ERA and six home runs over his first four starts. The A's are 7-2 in his nine starts this season.

--Field Level Media

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Last Injuries

Colorado Rockies

  • David Dahl

    Shoulder
    out for season | 45-day IL

    Dahl is expected to miss the remainder of the season while on the 45-day injured list with a right shoulder strain.

  • Trevor Story

    Hand
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Story exited the last game with a hand injury, nd it is unclear if he will face the Diamondbacks on Saturday.

  • Nolan Arenado

    Shoulder
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Areando is expected to miss the remainder of the season while on the 10-day injured list with left AC joint inflammation and a bone bruise in his left shoulder.

  • Brendan Rodgers

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Rodgers is on the 10-day injured list due to a right shoulder capsular strain. There is no timetable for return.

  • Chris Owings

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Owings has landed on the 10-day injured list due to a strained left hamstring. He is expected to be out of action for an extended period.

  • Jon Gray

    Shoulder
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Gray has been shifted to the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation, and he will miss the remainder of the 2020 season.

  • Raimel Tapia

    Head
    Prob Wed | probable

    Tapia exited the previous game due to mild dizziness, but it is likely that he will be active Wednesday against the Athletics.

  • Nolan Arenado

    Shoulder
    Prob Tues | probable

    Arenado was held out of the previous game due to an AC joint injury in his left shoulder. It will not affect his status for Tuesday's tilt with the Athletics.

Oakland Athletics

  • J.B. Wendelken

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Wendelken has wound up on the 10-day injured list for an unspecified reason. There is no timetable for return.

  • Robbie Grossman

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Grossman is not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Mariners as he will be rested.

  • Chad Pinder

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | 10-day IL

    Pinder has popped up on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 1 right hamstring strain. It is unknown if he will be activated prior to Sunday's game versus the Mariners.

  • Tommy La Stella

    Head
    Prob Sat | probable

    La Stella left the last contest due to a head injury, but he is likely to play in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader versus the Mariners.

  • Robbie Grossman

    Rest
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Grossman is not expected to be in the starting lineup Friday against the Mariners as he will be rested.

  • Franklin Barreto

    Shoulder
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Barreto has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to subluxation surgery in his left shoulder and is likely to miss the remainder of the season.

  • A.J. Puk

    Shoulder
    out for season | 45-day IL

    Puk has been shuttled to the 45-day injured list with a left shoulder strain. He suffered a setback during his recovery, and it will sideline him for the remainder of the season.

  • Daniel Mengden

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | COVID-19 IL

    Mengden is on the COVID-19 injured list after coming in contact with someone who had tested positive for the virus. He has been cleared for activation but is without a definitive timetable for return.

colorado-rockies Stats 2020

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oakland-athletics Stats 2020

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
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Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Field Statistics
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Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB