Nolasco picked up his 68th career win on May 6 in San Diego, moving him into a tie for the Marlins' franchise lead in wins with Dontrelle Willis. But, after two chances to grab sole possession of the clubs all-time wins lead, Nolasco came up empty-handed twice.
He'll get another shot Tuesday in the second game of the series with the Rockies. He has had success against Colorado, with a record of 5-1 in seven games.
Nolasco already made it to the top of the franchise's strikeouts leaderboard last August, passing Willis. He's looking to pass Willis again Tuesday.
This season, Nolasco is 4-2 with a 4.10 ERA, but things haven't gone well in each of his last two starts. He started 4-0, not allowing more than three runs in any start. But he's surrendered 10 runs over his last two outings, and neither of those has lasted five innings. His ERA is higher than it's been at any point this year.
The Marlins have turned things around from a rough start to the season, going 15-5 in May. What does Nolasco think has been the key?
"The starting pitching is holding up," Nolasco said. "I think we're hitting situationally better. We are getting guys on third with less than two outs and getting them in. We're getting guys over better. ... I've never been part of something like this. The guys we've got are consistently getting it done and stuff. Keeping us in the game every single day. It's fun to watch."
Rockies starter Juan Nicasio is just trying to pick up career win No. 7 on Tuesday. He's 2-1 with a 4.37 ERA and has has been stupendous on the road, despite having no wins or losses. His ERA away from Coors Field is 1.31, and he's gone at least 6 2/3 innings in each start. He's allowed only one earned run in each start away from home and has a 9-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Tuesday marks Nicasio's first career start against the Marlins.
Despite the big difference in his numbers, Nicasio said that he treats all venues the same.
"I'm feeling the same, you know," Nicasio said. "A lot of people they talk about Coors Field and pitchers, but I feel the same there and on the road. Every time I'm pitching now, I'm pitching better on the road than at home. I think it's the same for me, I feel the same at home and on the road."
Rockies: CarGo bringing 'em in
Carlos Gonzalez entered play Monday tied for third in the National League with 32 RBIs. His .441 batting average with runners in scoring position ranked third in the Majors, behind Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy and Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria. With runners in scoring position, Gonzalez has 25 RBIs.
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has struggled mightily against left-handed pitching. He is batting .327 versus right-handers, but against lefties he has a .133 average, collecting just six hits in 45 at-bats.
Outfielder Dexter Fowler enters Tuesday's game with 42 triples and is just one triple away from tying Larry Walker for second on the Rockies' all-time list. Neifi Perez is the franchise leader, with 49.
Marlins: Stanton rocks against Colorado
Although he's only played in 11 games against the Rockies, Giancarlo Stanton is hitting .342 against Colorado. Of his 13 hits, eight have gone for extra bases and six have been home runs. He has a seven-game hitting streak against the Rockies.
The Marlins have won 15 games in May, just two shy of the franchise record. The club record for most wins in any month is 19, accomplished in August 1997.
The Marlins have a 50-29 home record against the Rockies, the best against any team.
Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is .417 in 12 career at-bats against Nolasco. Tulowitzki is 5-for-10 with a double and a home run against Nolasco.