Colorado Rockies (80-65, O/U 60-79) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (83-62, O/U 65-73)
MLB: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 9:40 pm ET
Lines: Diamondbacks -145 / Rockies +135
O/U: 9.5 runs
The Rockies have won six in a row and they have won the first two games of this series. While they are led by their lineup their pitching has been solid in their win streak and they have only allowed six runs in the first two games of this series. They won’t catch the L.A. Dodgers in the NL West, but they are in the 2nd Wild Card spot 3.5 games up on the St. Louis Cardinals and three games back of the Diamondbacks. German Marquez takes the hill in this game and looks for his 11tth straight win.
After winning 13 in a row the Diamondbacks have lost four of their last five games including their last two. Their pitching has not been bad in this series, but their lineup has not been getting it done. Arizona could use a win to cushion their lead in the Wild Card to help ensure their play-in game is at home. Patrick Corbin gets the nod in this game and would like to forget his last start where he was lit up.
Gonzalez’s bat carries Rockies
The Rockies beat the Diamondbacks 4-2 where Carlos Gonzalez provided the offense going deep twice. He had all four RBI in the game for Colorado and they won even though they had fewer hits (8-7). Jon Gray picked up his 8th win of the season going seven innings and giving up two earned runs. DJ LeMahieu is 6-for-13 over his last three games, going 1for 4 in Game 2 of this series, and has hit safely in 19 of his last 20 games. This season the Rockies are 39-34 on the road and they have won their last eight games away from the Mile High City.
German Marquez 10-6 4.27 ERA) gave up two earned runs in four innings in his last outing in a 5-4 win over the L.A. Dodgers. The Rockies have won four of his last five starts with his only loss in that span coming against Arizona where he gave up four earned runs in six innings. In five starts against the Diamondbacks this season, the Rockies are 1-4 and Marquez is 0-2 with an ERA of 3.94. Colorado has won 10 of his last 13 starts facing a team with a winning record.
Not much at the dish
While the Diamondbacks had more hits in the Game 2 loss they left six men on base and did not score any runs after the 3rd inning. J.D. Martinez had a solo shot in the game and in his last five games, he has four HR and five RBI. Taijuan Walker took the no decision giving up two earned runs in six innings and David Hernandez took the loss. This season Arizona is 46-27 at home, but they have lost four of their last five home games.
Patrick Corbin (13-12 4.16 ERA) was shelled in his last outing only lasting four innings and giving up eight earned runs in a 10-6 loss to the San Diego Padres. The Diamondbacks had won his previous five starts and in his one, before his last one he faced the Rockies and went five innings and gave up two earned runs in the Arizona win. In 16 career appearances, including 15 starts, against the Rockies Corbin is 6-3 with an ERA of 5.04. Arizona has won six of his last seven home starts facing Colorado.
The Colorado Rockies are:
- 43-90 in their last 133 road games vs. a left-handed starter
- 2-5 in their last 7 Wednesday games
The Arizona Diamondbacks are:
- 5-0 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series
- 9-2 in their last 11 vs. a team with a winning record
- 16-5 in their last 21 overall
- 7-3 in their last 10 games vs. a right-handed starter
Tough call in this one since Corbin was shelled in his last outing, but solid in the previous one facing the Rockies while Marquez is coming off a pretty good last start, but was roughed up some in his one before that against the Diamondbacks. Even though the Rockies are obviously the hotter team I am taking the D-Backs in this one, as Corbin will bounce back leading them to a win and snapping Colorado’s win streak.