The Arizona Diamondbacks can’t go around losing or even tying in series for very much longer. The D-Backs lost again on Sunday to drop their record to 76-67 on the year. It was their seventh loss in the last ten games, as they are throwing away a golden opportunity to win the NL West and go to the postseason. They went to the postseason a year ago along to get swept by the Dodgers. By the way it’s looking now, they have a tricky road ahead of them if they want to say they improved from last season.
The Rockies are 1st in the division, so this is certainly an opportunity to renew some life in their season. The Dodgers and Rockies just met over the weekend, with the Dodgers getting a 2-1 series win. It brought the Dodgers within half a game of the Diamondbacks. Still plenty of time for the D-Backs, though. A good series against the Rockies would help.
The Dodgers are in Cincinnati this week, so they stand a good chance of getting out of there with at least a couple of wins. Following four games against the Diamondbacks, the Rockies will meet the Giants and then head to Los Angeles to play the Dodgers. Immediately after they are in a battle with the Diamondbacks again.
In other words, a lot hasn’t been settled yet. The Rockies are on the road for nine straight games after they’re done with Arizona. However, they finish the season with seven games at home. The Diamondbacks are on the road for the next seven games, not easy either with stops in Colorado and Houston. And then when they go back home, they have to play the Cubs, Rockies, and Dodgers. Ouch. Zack Godley is scheduled to get the call for the D-Backs, while the Rockies look to German Marquez. Get our free Diamondbacks vs. Rockies pick below.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies Pick
Zack Godley (14-8, 4.51 ERA) vs. German Marquez (11-9, 4.05 ERA)
For the Diamondbacks to leapfrog the Dodgers and Rockies, they must get solid pitching from the back of their rotation. Zack Godley in particular can be a streaky pitcher that has a tendency of looking like a different pitcher from game-to-game. he had issues keeping the ball in the park recently, as he gave up just 2 hits to the Padres, but ended up allowing 4 runs on two long balls. Problems with the deep ball aren’t going to go so well at Coors Field.
I wouldn’t say it’s been a hot streak for Godley in his recent outings, as he’s allowed 4 or more runs in three of his last four outings. He allowed 6 to the Padres, 5 to the Mariners, and 4 runs to the Padres in his last start. Godley met the Rockies on July 21st and gave up 5 hits and 4 runs in 5 innings. He’s been iffy on the road, as he brings an ERA of 5.05 and .353 OBA with him to Coors.
Marquez matched up with the Diamondbacks on July 20th, allowing 8 hits and 6 runs in 5 innings. He also yielded 3 walks in a crazy 11-10 win for the D-Backs. With Godley pitching for Arizona, he will likely get some more run support in Denver tonight. The Diamondbacks are hitting .323 with a .403 OBP and 7 home runs against Marquez in 130 at-bats, so yeah, he might need some help from the offense.
Paul Goldschidmt has been a dagger in the side of Marquez, as he’s hitting .450 with 4 long balls in 20 at-bats. David Peralta is hitting just as well against him, with a .435 batting average in 23 at-bats. A.J. Pollock is hitting .615 in 13 at-bats and Descalso is hitting .357 in 14 at-bats. There are a lot of ways that the Diamondbacks can hurt Marquez on Monday night. I’d take a look at the OVER in a game that should produce more than enough runs at Coors Field.