The Arizona Diamondbacks got behind early last night, with a 4-0 hole early in the 1st inning. However, that didn’t deter them from clawing back and notching an 8-6 win. The Rockies scored just 2 more runs in the contest, which may have been the most surprising part of the game. Blowing a 4-run lead at Coors Field, especially after just 1 inning of play, is not a shocker in any sense.
But the Rockies getting basically shutdown the rest of the game is a bit of a surprise. It looked like it was shaping up to be another 13-11 Coors Field classic at the time. The bullpen were the winners last night for the Diamondbacks. They went 4 strong innings without allowing a run after Merrill Kelly left the game.
You might have forgot about the Diamondbacks after they traded Zack Greinke, but they’re still here and not going away. Despite trading their ace, the Snakes are thinking postseason as a wildcard. It’s not going to be easy to accomplish, but they are within striking distance at 2.5 games back of the final wildcard. That leaves enough room for them to go on a run in September.
It isn’t like the Diamondbacks didn’t get anything at the deadline, though. They were able to trade for a shining prospect, Zac Gallen. I think Gallen was a tremendous acquisition by the Diamondbacks, who they’ve been able to start immediately with Greinke gone. He is starting and contributing for the Diamondbacks right from the get-go. Gallen gets the nod against Jon Gray of the Rockies tonight. Head below for our free Diamondbacks vs. Rockies pick.
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Zac Gallen has done everything asked of him in his young career thus far. He debuted earlier this season with the Marlins and has been pitching extremely well. Gallen felt comfortable with the Diamondbacks immediate, as he threw a gem in his first outing as a Diamondback. He allowed just 1 hit, so it was a stunning debut for the youngster in the desert. The Marlins took the training wheels off him in June and introduced him as a fulltime starter in the rotation.
Gallen was on point again, as he posted an ERA of 2.72 with the Marlins in seven outings. He allowed 2 or less runs in six of seven games, with no more than 3 runs allowed. Gallen brought his ERA down to 2.40 after scoreless ball vs the Phillies.
This is going to be a trickier spot tonight at Coors Field. It’s a place that pitchers hate to pitch, but it isn’t like Jon Gray has done exceptional against the Diamondbacks or anything. The offense should afford Gallen would some solid run support.
Gray has yielded a .294 batting average and .340 OBP to the Diamondbacks in 136 at-bats. There are nine different hitters on the Arizona roster that have hit better than .300 against Gray, so they’ve been able to have some fun against him in the past. There are several hitters in this lineup that Gray must be aware of.
After Gray, a pretty bad bullpen follows for the Diamondbacks. The Rockies’ bullpen is 28th in the majors with an ERA of 5.24. Conversely, the Diamondbacks are 13th with a 4.34 ERA. The oddsmakers aren’t giving Gallen much respect here, but I’m going to give him a vote of confidence with a play on the Diamondbacks this evening.