The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies will do it all over again tonight at Coors Field. It’s another critical game, as they combat with the LA Dodgers in the NL West. The Cincinnati Reds did the Diamondbacks and Rockies a favor as they handled the Dodgers on Monday night. The Dodgers didn’t look like they were interested in playing after a hard-fought series against the Rockies over the weekend. The Rockies ultimately blew the D-Backs out by a core of 13-2 on Monday night in Denver.
Alex Wood didn’t care to pitch for the Dodgers, with the Reds getting to him for 6 earned runs early. It was the first time he allowed more than 3 runs in a start since early June, so the Dodgers are hoping he got the worst out of his system now. Buying a World Series doesn’t usually work out well. I said that earlier in the season after the Dodgers signed Machado. We’re just a few weeks away from that move being a waste. It’s World Series or bust, and they may not even reach the postseason.
It’s going to be an awfully good finale in the NL West, though. Who’s going to win the NL West crown? Pick a team out of a hat on that one. People are entitled to their opinion, but come on, this race is just too close to call right now and it may remain that way all the way to the final week of the season. The Diamondbacks and Rockies played a close one last night, with the pitching surprisingly showing up to play well.
Godley and Marquez dueled it out, but the Rockies finally broke through in the 5th to load the bases up to finally break Godley. It wasn’t like his pitch count was getting up there, he just became unraveled once he got to around 60 pitches. The Rockies scored 6 and then added another 7 runs in the 7th inning to take a 13-2 lead and put the Diamondbacks away. Zack Greinke hopes to go longer for the D-Backs tonight and get a bounce back performance after allowing 4 earned runs to the Braves in a 7-6 loss. Head below for our free Diamondbacks vs. Rockies pick.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies Pick
Zack Greinke (13-9, 3.08 ERA) vs. Antonio Senzatela (4-5, 4.92 ERA)
Zack Greinke will attempt to pull the Diamondbacks together after an embarrassing performance last night. All it took was one bad inning for everything to come crashing down for the D-Backs. The offense did put up much, so it was probably going to be irrelevant anyway. The offense can’t waste a quality Greinke start tonight, though. The Diamondbacks are 3.5 games out of 1st now, so they are going to have to get hot soon. With the Dodgers loss, the Rockies took a 1.5-game lead.
Greinke gets the ball after a poor performance boasts a nice ERA of 3.08, but for a guy getting paid his money, he has to be better. He enters with an ERA of 3.26 and 1.14 WHIP in previous three starts. He Hasn’t been too sharp against the Rockies in his career. He’s been prone to the deep ball, as the Rockies have hit 16 off him in 393 at-bats. Trevor Story, fresh off a grand slam and seeing the ball extremely well, has hit Greinke for a .313 batting average and 5 home runs in 32 at-bats. Carlos Gonzalez is hitting .314 with 5 long balls in 51 at-bats. DJ LeMahieu is also hitting above .300 against Greinke. Greinke goes into Colorado with an ERA of 3.76 on the road.
After Marquez did a fine job shutting the D-Backs down yesterday, it’s going to be a tall order for Senzatela tonight. Senzatela owns a 5.04 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, and .371 OBA at home in 2018. The second-year pitcher has posted an ERA of 6.46, 1.76 WHIP, and .375 OBA in his last three outings. The Diamondbacks are hitting .271 with a .300 OBP in 48 at-bats against Senzatela. The Venezuelan native is likely to find it rough to navigate through the Diamondbacks lineup after they were quiet on Monday night. I’m going right back to the well and looking for another winning selection on the OVER at Coors Field.