Tuesday's second of four Rangers-Rockies games features a pair of starting pitchers -- right-hander Juan Nicasio (3-1, 4.19 ERA) for the Rockies, lefty Robbie Ross Jr. (1-2, 3.86) for the Rangers -- who have learned the hard way how beautifully simple baseball can be.
Nicasio (3-1, 4.19 ERA) has been burned at times by a lack of fastball command. But when he is getting the pitch over for strikes, the way he did in throwing seven scoreless innings in Thursday night's 7-4 Rockies victory over the Mets, he can be very good.
Nicasio used his hard slider on occasion against the Mets, but the fastball was so spot-on that he barely used his split-finger pitch as a change-of-pace. But if he is hitting spots with his fastball, he can use the other pitches as needed.
"I threw a lot of sliders for a strike, but I was good [against the Mets] because I had command of my fastball, first," Nicasio said.
As for Ross, the lesson of this year is there is only so much a pitcher can control.
In his last three starts, Ross has been the victim of nine unearned runs.
"I wouldn't say the errors are having an impact on his ability," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "It might be inexperience on the mound that's having an impact on what's been happening. I don't think the errors themselves have created that.
"You got to understand, this guy is for the first time pitching at the major league level as a starter. You just don't go out there and because you're a starter, it's just going to happen. You got to work a little bit mentally. And through all of that, that's where you gain experience. And I think as it happens, you'll get better at it."
Rockies: Ball meets bat at Coors Field
Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is hitting everywhere, but he's virtually a machine at Coors Field.
According to a tweet from ESPN Stats & Info, Tulowitzki has swung at 91 pitches at Coors Field and has hits on 28 of those swings. The number of extra-base hits (12) equals the number of swings and misses.
His two home runs on Monday were his first against the Rangers. He has homered against 26 different teams.
Rangers: Tolleson in a rough patch
Rangers reliever Shawn Tolleson gave up Troy Tulowitzki's second two-run homer Monday while yielding three hits and two runs in one inning. Tolleson has allowed four runs in 3 2/3 innings in his past three outings.
Over his past seven games, Tolleson has a 6.10 ERA (7 earned runs, 10 1/3 innings) to raise his ERA from 1.59 to 4.50. He has allowed five home runs in 16 innings this season and has been scored upon in six of 12 appearances.
• During his 25-game hit streak, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has batted .354 (35 for 99) with four home runs (one Monday night) and eight doubles. His run is two games shy of the club-record 27-game streak by Michael Cuddyer last year.
• The Rangers are 4-8 all-time at Coors Field.
• Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles went eight innings and threw 104 pitches in Monday night's victory over the Rangers. It was his first triple-digit pitch count with the Rockies.
In three seasons with the Astros, Lyles threw 100 or more pitches 24 times. His team won four of those games.
• Before Arenado, the last third baseman with a hit steak of at least 25 games in the Majors was Adrian Beltre of the Rangers, who had a 25-gamer in 2011.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.