I'm off my hottest run of the season htting 5 straight and 8 of the last 9. We move into a new week with the first of these such plays in quite sometime as this is a play that really catches my eye. Some well-timed dominance from their pitchers has given the Arizona Diamondbacks a much-needed cushion in the NL West race. With help from rookie left-hander Wade Miley, the first-place Diamondbacks will try to match the longest home winning streak in franchise history Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies.
Arizona (76-59) has been extremely stingy since losing a season-high six in a row, allowing a total of six runs over its seven consecutive victories. The pitching staff has allowed two runs or fewer in each game of the streak, tying Milwaukee for the longest such run of pitching excellence this season. Now, the Diamondbacks have a chance to win eight in a row for the first time since April 4-12, 2008, and to match the club-record of 11 straight home wins, which they accomplished June 7-July 9, 2003. Five of the eight victories in the 2008 streak came at the expense of the Rockies, who also ended that run with a 13-5 win at Chase Field.
Miley (1-1, 4.50 ERA) will try to produce another strong outing for his team after earning his first major league victory, 8-1 over Washington on Thursday. Following a rough debut, the 24-year-old left-hander yielded five hits and four walks over six scoreless innings. Probable Colorado starter Aaron Cook (3-7, 5.47) didn't make too many good pitches against Houston on Wednesday, giving up six runs and 11 hits over five innings, but escaped without a decision as the Rockies went on to win 7-6. Cook was a little better against Arizona on July 22, allowing four runs over six innings of an 8-4 victory - his first in his last seven matchups in this series.
However the right-handed sinkerballer is 6-4 with a 5.26 ERA in 21 career starts against the Diamondbacks, giving up three runs or more in each of the last 18. Given the friendly hitting confines of Chase Field, we expect the Diamondbacks offense to rough up Cook and we get a great price here despite the expected high total. Much was expected of Colorado knowing that on paper their offense was balanced as fans anticipated big things. However it has been somewhat of a roller coaster inconsistent ride as the Rockies are hitting just .258 though they are 5th in the NL with 135 HR. Carlos Gonzalez has had a good year by standard (.297 24 86) but a short stretch of injuries set back the Rockies ASB postseason plans. Troy Tulowitzki (.306 28 94) got off to a very slow start but leads the Rocks in all offensive categories. Todd Helton (.306 14 67) also hampered by injuries has slowed in his production but continues to hit the ball well despite. Seth Smith (.288 15 55) also got off to a slow start and has really never recovered up to par. Couple that with subpar years for Ty Wigginton (.251 14 44) and Chris Ianetta (.232 12 46) and the erratic pitching just made matters worse. Cook will need a lot of run support to stop the snakes bats and winning streak. In the desert and under the cozy air conditioning of a retractable roof, Arizona has also been inconsistent at the plate as well as streaky as evident by their .248 BA, however they rank 3rd in the NL with 148 HR. Justin Upton (.296 25 77) expects to test the free agent market if Arizona can't get close to a championship, and we honestly can't blame him. Chris Young (.234 19 63) has provided decent power numbers but must get on base to avoid killing rallies. Ryan Roberts (.259 17 52) has played some good defense and can dish out a licking against slowballers like Cook, and Miguel Montero (.275 12 66) has had some clutch hits all season. Expect Arizona to continue to pour it on and seperate themselves from a Giants team that can't hit their weight as of late. Run support may be crucial for Miley who may struggle at times, but we like the value here early. Best of luck however you play!