The Arizona Diamondbacks responded on Tuesday following a beatdown the day before. The Rockies dismantled the Diamondbacks by a score of 13-2 on Monday. However, they ran into Zack Greinke who settled in after allowing 2 runs in the 1st inning. The Rockies failed to get much going from there. They had the bases loaded late with 2 outs, but didn’t get the clutch hit they were looking for from DJ LeMahieu.
Carlos Gonzalez led the 9th off with a double, and then a bunt single to 1st base fell in for Ryan McMahon to bring the tying run to the plate. A few awful at-bats following the bunt ended the game, though. The Rockies couldn’t capitalize on yet another Dodgers loss, but they have the Reds to thank for keeping everything even keel. The Diamondbacks moved up a bit thanks to losses from both clubs.
The Dodgers are 1.5 behind the Rockies right now, so their two losses out in Cincinnati loom large at the moment. They haven’t looked mentally prepared to play the Reds, a much inferior team. It is likely going to come back to bite them hard at the end of the month. People will look at losses for the Dodgers later in the month, but the real hurt is going to come from losing to a last place 63-83 Reds team twice in two days.
The Diamondbacks are just a game behind the Dodgers and 2.5 behind for the lead in the NL West. They can get closer with another win tonight. They’ll have another ace on the mound tonight, as Pat Corbin gets the ball for the D-Backs on Wednesday. Jon Gray counters for the Rockies. Head below for our free Diamondbacks vs. Rockies pick.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies Pick
Patrick Corbin (11-5, 3.09 ERA) vs. Jon Gray (11-7, 4.69 ERA)
Patrick Corbin goes into Colorado with his filthy slider that has been working for him at a high-clip in 2018. He’s back to ace mode after he had to sit out 2014. It looked like Corbin was well on his way to becoming an ace after posting an ERA of 3.41 in his second-year as a major league pitcher. A shoulder injury completely wiped out his 2015 and it’s been a long road back to where he’s wanted to be.
Corbin is back to that point and he is on pace for his best year as a pitcher in the majors. He has been hot recently, as he’s held the opposition to just 3 runs in three games and an average of less than 4 hits per game. His most impressive outing came against the Dodgers, where he blanked them across 5 innings of work. Corbin holds an ERA of 1.50 and 0.78 WHIP in those three starts. In his last seven starts, he’s been impressive as well with a 2.23 ERA and 0.86 WHIP.
Jon Gray hasn’t had the same amount of traction that Corbin has had. He goes into Wednesday with an ERA of 4.86 and 1.44 WHIP in his last three. While Corbin has allowed an average of less than 4 hits per game, Gray has allowed 6 hits per game. He gave up just 2 runs to the Dodgers in his last outing, but note that he yielded 5 walks and 4 hits in 4 innings. He’s certainly been hittable at home, as he walks into Coors Field with an ERA of 4.56, 1.35 WHIP, and .320 OBA. The Oklahoma native has gotten walloped against this Diamondbacks lineup in his career. They are hitting .352 with a .372 OBP in 88 at-bats against Gray. The odds makers suggest that this game is a toss-up, but in my opinion the edge goes to the Diamondbacks.