For the second straight night the Colorado Rockies were winners over the Arizona Diamondbacks. They’ve been heating up recently with wins in six of their previous eight games. The start of the season has been a bit tough on the Rockies, as they are still under .500 despite this nice little run they are on. Colorado head into the 29th with a record of 26-27 and 9 games behind the division leading Dodgers.
It could have been an even greater deficit, but the Dodgers looked awful in a loss against the Mets a night ago. The Dodgers are still in the driver’s seat and are likely to be in that position for a long time. They likely are not going to face any competition from the rest of the division.
It looks like a long shot, but the Rockies might be the only team to give them a run. There is still a lot of time to catch fire and play catch up. I’m not so sure the Padres have the firepower to get that done, but the Rockies have some heavy hitters to go far. This is if they can fix their anemic pitching woes.
The Rockies got a solid performance out of Antonio Senzatela last night, as he pitched a strong 6 innings of ball. He allowed 2 earned runs on 9 hits, which is one of his best starts at Coors Field this season. They really need somebody to turn the corner and become the leader of the rotation.
John Hoffman has been the last option for the Rockies in the rotation at No. 5. He’s been facing a lot of problems in two starts this season. Hoffman has appeared in only 10 innings and hasn’t looked comfortably in many of them. He gets the nod against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, while Robbie Ray settles in to try and avoid a sweep. Head below for our free Diamondbacks vs. Rockies pick.
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Jeff Hoffman must do something quick or the Rockies aren’t going to have much of an option but to send him down. He participated in six games last season with one start. That didn’t go so well after posting an ERA of 9.35 in 8.2 innings. The most work he has gotten in his career was in 2017 when he appeared in 23 games with 16 starts.
It was a swing and a miss for Hoffman, as he was tattooed for a 5.89 ERA in 99.1 innings. Hoffman couldn’t put things together in spring training this season, either. He finished with a 6.63 ERA in 19 innings of work.
So, the Rockies can’t be surprised to see Hoffman getting pummeled again. They recalled him from Triple-A to start on April 23rd against the Nationals. He allowed 6 hits and 4 runs in 5 innings. Then we didn’t see Hoffman until a month later against the Orioles, one of the worst teams in the majors. They had no problems against Hoffman, though, as they hit him for 7 hits and 5 runs in 5 innings. Both of those starts equate to an ERA of 8.10.
Conversely, Robbie Ray has evolved into the Diamondbacks most valuable pitcher. There is Zack Greinke, but he is likely gone at the trade deadline. I don’t see him being a Diamondback by the end of the season. A team like the Yankees or Red Sox will give him serious consideration. Ray would move into the No. 1 slot if that occurs.
He has been efficient with an ERA of 3.26. It’s been a string of consistent starts for him recently. Ray hasn’t surrendered more than 2 runs in an outing since April 26th. He has gone five straight with 2 or less runs allowed. Ray has already handled the Rockies with a strong performance in Denver on May 3rd. He gave up 1 earned run and 6 hits in a win for Arizona. With Hoffman starting opposite Ray on Wednesday, expect him to get plenty of run support to work with. The Diamondbacks look like they should be able to avoid a sweep in this one.