Michael Cuddyer's Rockies franchise-record 27-game hitting streak may be short-lived.
Nolan Arenado will attempt to tie the mark that isn't even a year old when the Rockies visit the Rangers to begin the Texas leg of the split-city four-game interleague series. Colorado won both games at Coors Field.
While Cuddyer was busy building his hit streak last season, Arenado was flashing the leather, earning the first Gold Glove Award by a rookie since 1957. This year, the third baseman has shown he's more than just a pretty fielder -- he has plenty of offensive promise to go along with his glove.
Arenado, who extended his hitting streak to 26 games Tuesday with a two-strike RBI double in the seventh inning, is batting .314. The night was not without drama as Arenado was the last Colorado position player to get a base hit.
"I think he's able to relax now," Troy Tulowitzki said of Arenado's improved approach at the plate. "I think before he was putting a little too much pressure on himself. Knowing that he's a good player and that he belongs here has been key."
On the mound for Colorado as it begins a seven-game road trip will be Jorge De La Rosa. Current Rangers are hitting just .158 off De La Rosa with no home runs in 43 plate appearances.
He will be opposed by Colby Lewis, who is 2-1 with a 4.22 ERA this season. According to Texas manager Ron Washington, Lewis is coming off his best start since a stint of almost two years on the disabled list.
Washington said he is considering getting Mitch Moreland in the lineup Wednesday against the left-hander De La Rosa, despite Moreland's 0-for-7 clip against southpaws this season. Lefties are batting .235 with 12 strikeouts against De La Rosa this season.
"I'm thinking about [playing Moreland on Wednesday] because we need his bat," Washington said. "But then again, I certainly don't want to put himself in a position where he's already set up to fail."
Moreland, who has never faced De La Rosa, pitched a perfect eighth inning of Colorado's 12-1 win Tuesday.
Rockies: Improvement away from home evident early
Though it's early, this year's Rockies have managed to be competitive on the road. They are currently 8-9 away from Coors Field, but hovering around .500 so far can be considered a major success, considering that a season ago, Colorado went 29-52 in away games.
In 2013, the Rockies were outscored by a whopping 101 runs on the road. In order to contend in the National League West, a significant turnaround will be necessary.
"One of the things we've focused on is trying to win every series, and we've done a good job of that so far," Tulowitzki said. "One of the things we've tried to do better is play better on the road, and we're off to a good start. We have to keep that going."
Rangers: Martin moves up in lineup
Looking to inject some offense into the top of his lineup, manager Ron Washington had center fielder Leonys Martin bat second for the first time this season. Martin has made 26 starts batting eighth this season, four batting seventh, and Washington didn't make the move easily.
"I was very hesitant about moving [him]," Washington said. "He's doing well where he is. But going to see if we can get some more offense in the top of the order."
Martin is far from the prototypical No. 2 hitter, where the ability to hit-and-run, make steady contact, move runners and bunt are priorities. Washington said he was concerned about moving Martin to the top of the lineup "because he's a slasher, not an on-base-percentage guy. So until he fully learns what he's capable of doing and how to go about doing it, I try to protect him."
The move might not last until Wednesday's game. Martin went 0-for-2 with a walk Tuesday.
"This is not a permanent thing," Washington added. "It could only last [Tuesday]. But I'll try it and see if it works."
• Lewis, the Rangers' Wednesday starter, left the team before batting practice Tuesday to fly home. The rest of the team isn't scheduled to arrive back to Texas until 4 a.m.
• Jurickson Profar is expected to begin a throwing program when the Rangers return home. He has been on the disabled list with a torn muscle in his right shoulder and is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list May 29.
• The Rockies' 21 hits Tuesday night were the club's most since September 19 against the Cardinals when they also knocked 21.
Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.