Arizona has won four of Josh Collmenter’s last five starts at home.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are the hottest team in baseball over the last week and set to close out a three-game National League West series against the Colorado Rockies Wednesday night. The first pitch at Chase Field is scheduled for 9:40 ET.
Arizona won its seventh consecutive game with a 5-1 win over Colorado in the series opener, pushing its lead to five games ahead the San Francisco Giants in the division standings. Monday’s contest got a little a contentious when Diamondbacks’ outfielder Justin Upton was hit for the 15th time this season during the sixth inning.
It turned into a rallying point for the home team who scored four runs in the frame.
The Diamondbacks have tallied an 9-4 record against the Rockies this season, including a 5-2 mark at tonight’s venue.
Josh Collmenter (8-8, 3.19 ERA) will be making his 27th appearance (20th start) of the season and is coming off a solid performance. He tossed 5 1/3 shutout innings in a 5-0 home win over the San Diego Padres, scattering six hits and registering four strikeouts while not issuing a single free pass.
The rookie has been rock solid at Chase Field in 13 outings (nine starts), posting a 7-3 record and 2.76 ERA and surrendering just three home runs in 62 frames. Opponents are hitting just .206 against him in the desert.
In three lifetime appearances (two starts) versus the Rockies, Collmenter is 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA, including a 12-3 victory at home on July 23 (7 IP, 3 ER). The right-hander will definitely be favored in the betting for the ninth straight time at home, as the team has won four of his last five starts here.
Colorado has fallen flat on the road by dropping three of its last four games, which is disappointing for a club that finished off a homestand with five consecutive wins. The Rockies are virtually out of the divisional race 12 games behind their current opponent.
Playing against NL West competition has led to the team’s struggles this year with a 24-30 mark in such contests. In fact, Colorado is 95-105 in this situation the last two-plus campaigns.
Esmil Rogers (6-3, 5.93 ERA) will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak and has allowed four earned runs in each of his last three starts. The right-hander has also struggled with his control over that span, issuing 11 walks in 17 2/3 frames.
Rogers had tallied a solid 5-2 record and 4.50 ERA in eight appearances (six starts) away from Coors Field, allowing just two balls to leave the yard in 42 innings.In four career outings (one start) versus the Diamondbacks, he has yet to record a decision, while giving up five runs and 12 hits over 10 1/3 frames (4.35 ERA).
Home plate umpire Tony Randazzo provides Arizona with a great chance of coming away with a victory, as home teams are 17-9 in his 26 contests (+600). Total bettors will find that the ‘over’ is 16-10 when Randazzo’s calling balls and strikes.
Temperatures well-above the century mark will keep the retractable roof at Chase Field closed in Phoenix.