Rockies’ German Marquez sharp vs. Cubs as pitching improves

Like a Realtor, Rockies right-hander German Marquez knows what’s important: location, location, location.

Earlier in spring training, Marquez told The Post he was mislocating his fastball too often last season, and also noted that he needs “more rise on the four-seam fastball and more sink on the two-seam fastball.”

So far this spring training, Marquez is meeting those goals. Tuesday night, he pitched four scoreless innings with seven strikeouts and no walks against the Cubs.

“I’ve been working a lot on my delivery, staying behind the ball,” Marquez told “I feel like I had been dropping my fingers a little bit.”

A slight hamstring tweak slowed Marquez at the beginning of spring training but in six innings across his two Cactus League starts, he has not allowed a run while fanning nine and walking just one.

Position update: Ryan McMahon, who has moved from third base to second to fill the hole left by Brendan Rodgers’ shoulder injury, is having an excellent spring at the plate. McMahon is hitting .333 and smacked his third Cactus League homer on Tuesday night vs. the Cubs.

Manager Bud Black is hoping this will be McMahon’s breakout season.

” ‘Mac’ can potentially have 30 homers and 100 RBIs,” Black told “Can it happen? Yes. Is this the year it happens? I don’t know. That’s why we play. But is he capable of hitting 30 homers? Yes. Easy.”

McMahon has reached base safely in 10 of his 11 games and has hit safely in eight of 10 games in which he has recorded an at-bat. His .704 slugging percentage leads the Cactus League, while his 1.973 OPS is second.

Clock management: With the addition of the pitch clock this spring, the Rockies have an average game time of 2 hours, 39 minutes through 16 Cactus League games. Last spring, the Rockies’ average game time was 2:58, with 10 games coming in over three hours.

Injury update: Right fielder Kris Bryant, scratched from Monday’s game because of a stiff back lower back, was going to be in the lineup Wednesday night against the Dodgers until rain washed out that game. Bryant, who signed a seven-year, $182 million contract last March, played in just 42 games last season because of a lower-back strain and then plantar fasciitis.

Up next: Padres at Rockies, 1:10 p.m. Thursday (2:10 p.m. MDT).

Rockies probable pitchers: RHP Jose Urena, RHP Nick Mears, LHP Logan Allen, LHP Ty Blach, RHP Pierce Johnson, RHP Justin Lawrence. Because of Wednesday’s rainout vs. the Dodgers, the Rockies’ pitching rotation could change.

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