The top starting pitchers on the Marlins are spread all over the map.
Jose Fernandez was pitching in Port Charlotte on Saturday.
Jarred Cosart was doing the same in Jupiter.
Henderson Alvarez was resting at home in South Florida.
Mat Latos is scheduled to start on Monday in New Orleans.
They were everywhere — everywhere except the one place on Saturday where the Marlins could have handed one the ball and hoped for a better outcome than the one they received from David Phelps.
As the Marlins continue to await the return of the four pitchers from the disabled list, Phelps was taking his lumps at Coors Field, pushed around and beat up by the Rockies in a 10-5 mauling.
“Rough outing,” manager Dan Jennings said.
“A lot of pitches were elevated, and this is not a good ballpark to do that in.”
Phelps gave up four runs in the first inning and left in the fourth after surrendering nine runs — the most allowed by a Marlins pitcher since August of 2013 when Nathan Eovaldi was scalded for 11.
As bad as it was for Phelps, it wasn’t the worst outing of his career. He once gave up nine runs in only 21/3 innings when he was with the Yankees.
But unless your name is Tom Koehler, the Marlins pitcher who does well in Denver and won there Friday night, Coors is no funhouse for most pitchers, and Phelps discovered it the hard way on Saturday.
“It has nothing to do with the place,” Phelps insisted.
“I think I made three quality pitches all day, and it was the first at-bat to Carlos Gonzalez. That was really it. Really just a terrible game.”
The Rockies went to town on Phelps, connecting on a pair of homers, ripping off a couple of triples and making life miserable from the very first batter he faced (leadoff single in the first by Charlie Blackmon) to the very last (three-run homer by Gonzalez).
Phelps has gone 0-3 with an 8.27 ERA over his past four starts.
“What I was doing early in the year was I was getting ahead of guys, getting outs and keeping the ball in the ballpark,” Phelps said. “I haven’t done that the last couple of times out. I haven’t been good.”
It was over early for the Marlins, who saw their three-game winning streak come to an emphatic end but can still take the series with a win on Sunday.
After a late Friday night at Coors Field, one that involved a nearly two-hour rain delay, the Marlins endured another 70-minute rain delay before Saturday’s first pitch.
They tried to dig out of the quick 4-0 deficit, scoring a run in the second and another in the fourth to keep it close at 5-2, before the bottom fell out in the Colorado fourth when the Rockies erupted for five runs, with four coming off Phelps and the other belonging to Andre Rienzo, who immediately gave up a solo homer to Wilin Rosario as soon as he took over.
Rosario also connected off Phelps for a two-homer day.
The Marlins came up with three runs in the ninth to make the final score look a bit more respectable. But they were never really in it.
It was days like Saturday that made the Marlins even more eager to see the return of their injured pitchers.
Latos will likely be the first one to return, depending on how he looks in his rehab start on Monday for Triple A New Orleans.
Fernandez should be back at the end of June or early July as long as he continues making strides. He was on the mound Saturday night for Single A Jupiter.
Cosart pitched in an extended spring game on Saturday. Alvarez is out indefinitely and will resume throwing sometime next week.
The Marlins could use them.
▪ Reliever Bryan Morris left Saturday’s game with a lower-back strain and is listed as day-to-day.