The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks will wrap up their three-game series in the desert this afternoon. Arizona have the upper-hand and will win this series regardless of what happens today. The minimum the Rockies can do is win one of three games. Along with the potential of getting swept, they’re on a five-game losing streak and could lose their sixth in a row on Sunday. It’s been a topsy-turvy year for the Rockies.
There hasn’t been much consistency to what they have been doing, but there is still time for them. Time to go on a run and secure a wildcard, but there isn’t much hope other than that now. If they do get in, I wouldn’t want to play them simply because the Rockies are a team who can get really hot. It would be an emotional roller coaster being a fan of Colorado in 2019. As soon as it looks like there is a break for blue skies, they go and do something like this and in danger of six straight losses.
Prior to this dip, the Rockies had won three of four games. People were feeling alright around Denver, but then they go and lose five in a row and a .500 team again in an instant. It puts them 14.5 games behind the Dodgers for 1st in the NL. The Diamondbacks trail the Dodgers by 14.5 games as well. There is no reason to worry about them, because they are running away with it, like the Indians did in the AL Central a season ago.
Most of their frustration stems from the offense not getting anything done in Arizona. In two games they’ve managed only 2 runs. Going back to the series finale against the Astros, they’ve scored 4 runs in three games. This team simply can’t just depend on Coors Field for runs. There is enough talent here that they should be consistent enough to score on the road as well. They will look to do it against rookie Alex Young on Sunday. The Rockies will be backed by German Marquez on the bump. Head below for our free Rockies vs. Diamondbacks pick.
Colorado Rockies vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Pick:
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The Diamondbacks’ Alex Young has made the most out of his brief time in the major leagues this season. Young made his debut on June 27th and stood out with only 3 hits and 1-run allowed. Rookies dream of having a debut like that in the major leagues and Young was able to achieve it. He appeared for 2.1 innings against the Dodgers in relief work and held his own once again, with no hits or runs allowed. He finished with a clean sheet and couldn’t have asked for much more.
It’s important he doesn’t get too high on himself. Confidence is great, but he’s still a rookie and it’s not always going to be easy work like he’s been accustomed to thus far. In minor league ball, Young posted a 6.09 ERA and 1.68 WHIP in Reno, so this has been more than anyone expected.
With only 7.1 innings under his belt in the majors, his ERA could skyrocket in just a couple of games. After falling asleep these past few days, this looks like a good spot for the Rockies to wake up. Young likely hits a wall in his third appearance of the season. Colorado have had no issues against lefties, as they’re hitting .270 overall on the season.
Getting swept by the Diamondbacks wouldn’t be usual for the Rockies. They’ve dominated this series of late with a record of 18-6 in their previous 24 meetings, and this is with the two losses they just suffered. Marquez has been solid with a 3.06 ERA and 0.88 WHIP on the road. Much better than the whiffle ballpark in Denver, where he owns a 5.73 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. Give me the Rockies in this one to avoid a sweep in Phoenix.