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The Colorado Rockies host the Arizona Diamondbacks in the final game of a three-game series Wednesday. The Diamondbacks won the first game of the series to improve to 60-59 while the Rockies fell to 53-66 — not counting the results of Tuesday night’s game. Left-hander Kyle Freeland (3-10) gets the start for the Rockies while left-hander Robbie Ray (10-7) gets the start for the Diamondbacks. First pitch is at 3:10 p.m. Eastern at Coors Field in Denver.
Diamondbacks look to move up in wildcard race
All the “other” teams in the NL West have been jockeying around behind the runaway leader LA Dodgers all season. All four of the also-rans have about the same record and have spent time both hot and cold. In recent weeks, the Diamondbacks and Giants have gone up while the Rockies and Padres have gone down. The D-Backs have 6 of their last 9 to jump up to second place at 60-59. They beat the Rockies in the first game of their three-game series Monday by the score of 8-6. Starter Merrill Kelly got rocked for 9 hits and 6 runs in 5 innings, but he got the win thanks to the D-backs bats. Nick Ahmed led the way going 2 for 4 including a home run and 4 RBIs. Josh Rojas also had 2 hits while Carson Kelly and Jake Lamb added home runs. Arizona is now just 2.5 games out of the wildcard race.
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The Diamondbacks have a potent offense. They average 5.1 runs per game, which is 8th in the MLB. They are batting .259 as a team, which is 8th in the league, and they have a slugging percentage of .445, which is 9th. They are 16th in home runs. Ketel Marte leads the Diamondbacks batting .317 with 24 HRs and 68 RBIs. Eduardo Escobar leads the team with 26 home runs and 94 RBIs, along with a .274 batting average. Escobar is third in the NL in RBIs. Christian Walker has 20 home runs and 53 RBIs. David Peralta is questionable for Wednesday’s game.
Rockies fall on hard times
The Colorado Rockies basically watched their wispy playoff hopes disappear into thin air with a recent skid that saw them lose 7 of their last 9 games. After their loss to the D-Backs on Monday, the Rockies are 53-66 and 9 games out of the wildcard. For all intents and purposes, they are done for the year, How they choose to finish out the year remains a question. Do they throw in the towel and develop young guys, or do they try to finish strong and get some momentum for next year? In their loss to the D-Backs, it was the pitching that led them down, as it has all season. Starter Peter Lambert pitched okay, allowing 3 runs in 5 innings, but the bullpen got rocked. Chad Bettis (1-6) took the loss. Trevor Story had 3 hits including a home run and an RBI. Raimel Tapia had 3 hits and 2 RBIs, while Ryan McMahon added a home run.
Hitting has never been the Rockies problem. They average 5.3 runs per game, which is 7th in the MLB. They have a team batting average of .267, which is 5th in the league, and a slugging percentage of .455, which is 7th. They are 21st in home runs. Nolan Arenado leads the Rockies batting .305 with 26 HRs and 87 RBIs. Charlie Blackmon is hitting .322 with 24 HRs and 65 RBIs. Blackmon is 4th in the National League in batting. Trevor Story is batting .286 with 27 HRs and 67 RBIs. David Dahl, who is hitting .302, is one the 10-day IL.
- Rockies are 3-8 in their last 11 home games.
- Rockies are 9-27 in their last 36 overall.
- Rockies are 3-10 in their last 13 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Rockies are 1-11 in their last 12 games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Rockies are 0-5 in their last 5 home games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Rockies are 1-4 in Freeland’s last 5 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
- Rockies are 1-5 in Freeland’s last 6 starts.
- Rockies are 1-5 in Freeland’s last 6 starts on grass.
- Rockies are 0-4 in Freeland’s last 4 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance.
- Diamondbacks are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. National League West.
- Diamondbacks are 12-5 in their last 17 during game 3 of a series.
- Diamondbacks are 11-5 in their last 16 Wednesday games.
- Diamondbacks are 6-1 in Rays last 7 starts.
- Diamondbacks are 6-1 in Rays last 7 starts on grass.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take the Diamondbacks. These are two teams headed in opposite directions. The Diamondbacks are within 2.5 games of the wildcard so every win is important. And playing against one of the worst teams in the NL that is currently reeling is a great opportunity to keep pace and perhaps even gain ground. They won the opener and they’ll win the closer against Freeland, who has struggled with a 7.06 ERA. Plus, they have one of their most consistent starters in Robbie Ray on the hill. The Diamondbacks are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings versus Colorado.
Prediction: Arizona -122
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the over. Any game at Coors Field has a really good chance of being in the over. But add in the fact that the D-Backs are pounding the ball and, facing a subpar pitcher in Freeland, the over is a no-brainer. And for all their problems pitching, the Rockies can still hit, so it’s no shock to say there will be a lot of runs in this game. The over is 7-2 in Diamondbacks last 9 road games vs. a left-handed starter and 5-2 in Rays last 7 road starts vs. a team with a losing record. Also, the over is 6-1 in Rockies last 7 overall and 4-1 in their last 5 vs. National League West.