The Colorado Rockies took advantage of spot starter Jeff Hoffman last night, as they got out to a 5-0 right from the start in the top of the 1st. The Rockies responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning, but the lead ultimately swelled to a 7-1 game for the Diamondbacks shortly thereafter in the 2nd. It is Coors Field, but the Rockies had to deal with an exceptional rookie named Zac Gallen.
The Marlins traded a prospect for a prospect in that deal, and I don’t know if Gallen was the guy to let go. With Greinke gone, Gallen is getting valuable experience with the Diamondbacks as a fulltime starter. Even though it was the most difficult park in the majors, Gallen handled his debut in Denver brilliantly.
Hoffman has been a gas can, so his effort was no surprise. The Rockies are running out of ideas on what to do with the 26-year-old. He was moved to the minors because of poor play and he clearly isn’t capable of making a spot start either. Luckily for the Rockies, Hoffman isn’t making big bank at around $500,000 a season.
It was a big win for the Diamondbacks, as they inch closer to clinching a wildcard berth. In such a tightly packed race, there isn’t much room for error down the stretch, though. The Phillies, Mets, Brewers, and Cardinals still have to be bypassed.
Colorado isn’t concerned with catching anyone, as they’ve had a severely disappointing season at 53-67. Kyle Freeland, who was previously demoted to the minor leagues because of poor pitching, will get a start on Wednesday afternoon. Robbie Ray will counter for the Diamondbacks. Head below for our free Diamondbacks vs. Rockies pick.
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Kyle Freeland is another guy in the Rockies’ rotation that the front office doesn’t know what to do with. He and Hoffman have been a mess and have both been demoted to the minor leagues because of getting lit up. Freeland was an embarrassment out there earlier in the season. This a guy who developed as the ace of the club in 2018, posting an ERA of 2.85 in his second season.
However, by the looks of it, Freeland expected it to be just as easy this year. Freeland enters with a horrendous 7.06 ERA and 1.61 WHIP. He also has a 7.36 ERA and 1.77 WHIP in his previous three outings, so there hasn’t been signs of any improvements from him.
He hasn’t been able to figure out Coors Field in 2019, as he’s gotten hammered for a 9.50 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in 41.2 innings at home. In his last appearance against the Diamondbacks, they slammed Freeland for 7 hits and 5 earned runs in 3 innings of play. The bats came to save him that day, though, as the Rockies were still able to win a wild 11-10 game. The D-backs are hitting .275 with 19 runs scored in 109 at-bats.
With Greinke traded, the Diamondbacks promoted Robbie Ray as their ace. Gallen looks like he’s already ready to surpass Ray, but he still doesn’t have too much experience as a rookie. Ray goes into Coors Field with a decent 3.99 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. I might be using the word ace a little too loosely here, but he’s the best option the Diamondbacks have now.
He hasn’t been good at all against the Rockies, as they’re hitting .346 with a .422 OBP and a whopping 40 runs scored in 185 at-bats. Colorado have connected for 15 home runs against Ray, so expect the run support to come for Freeland on Wednesday.
Both offenses should be able to put up big numbers in this one. Hitters in this game will be happy to see two lefties, as the Diamondbacks are hitting .281 against left-handed pitching and the Rockies .266. 12.5 runs seems like a lot, but it’s average for Coors Field in 2019. I like a high-scoring game with at least 13 total runs on the scoreboard by the end of the day.