DENVER -- With two of their most productive offensive players missing from the lineup for at least part of the weekend series against the Brewers, the Rockies will be counting on some successful history against Milwaukee in the three-game set.
The Rockies are 29-13 against the Brewers at Coors Field, their best home record against any opponent.
"I'm really excited about this series and hopefully I'll get to play, because I remember I did great last time and hopefully I'll get to do the same thing," said center fielder Carlos Gonzalez, who is nursing a sore left knee but could play Saturday. "It's good to know there's a team coming that you hit really well against."
Colorado has swept six home series against Milwaukee and is 1-2 against the Brewers this year, as the teams met in their first series of the season.
In that three-game series, Gonzalez went 8-for-15 with four runs and two RBIs. First baseman Todd Helton went 5-for-10 and is a .317 career hitter against the Brewers. Ryan Spilborghs, starting in center field Friday, is a career .367 hitter against Milwaukee.
"This is going to have to be a collective effort," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "But it's not something we're unfamiliar with. Collective effort, in my opinion, is what has made us good for a period of time and it's going to have to continue."
Gonzalez could return to lineup on Saturday
DENVER -- Compared to the uphill climb teammate Troy Tulowitzki has to return from injury, Carlos Gonzalez has got it made.
Gonzalez, the Rockies' everyday center fielder, left Thursday's 5-1 win against the Twins with a bruised left knee and was said to be day-to-day.
"It's still sore, and it hurts when I twist my foot when I hit," Gonzalez said. "Tomorrow, I'm going to come here early and see how I feel."
He was not in Friday's starting lineup against the Brewers but manager Jim Tracy said Gonzalez could make his way back into play by Saturday.
Gonzalez, a potential All-Star (.295, 10 homers, 42 RBIs), has provided a serious spark from the top of the lineup this season. On Friday, Ryan Spilborghs replaced him in center field.
"This guy can play any one of the three outfield positions well," Tracy said of Spilborghs. "I do not compromise my players. I will expect Ryan Spilborghs to be Ryan Spilborghs, not Carlos Gonzalez."
Rockies' schedule filled with left-handers
DENVER -- Starting with Brewers southpaw Manny Parra on Friday, the Rockies are likely to face left-handed starters in four of their next six contests.
After beating Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano on Thursday in Minneapolis, Colorado will see two lefties against Milwaukee (Parra and Randy Wolf) and two against Boston next week (Jon Lester and Felix Doubront).
"We're going to get our fair share of them," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
The Rockies are 11-9 against left-handed starters this year, including wins in the past three games in which they've faced a lefty starter.
Colorado also has seven position players who are batting .250 or better against lefties this year.
Meanwhile, Parra (1-4, 4.04) has an ERA of 7.59 against left-handed hitters, who are batting .408 against him this year.
"We did play on the fact that he's having trouble getting some left-handed hitters out, so we're going to give him so left-handed hitters to try to get out," Tracy said.
Joey Nowak is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.