Robbie Ray (5-12, 3.53 ERA) and Christian Bergman (3-1, 4.62 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Arizona Diamondbacks (75-81) and the Colorado Rockies (66-90) at Chase Field. Action begins at 9:40 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 29 and can be seen on RTRM and FSAZ.
Ray pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out seven and walking two in an 8-0 win over the Dodgers. David Peralta (.307, 60 Rs, 17 HRs, 77 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Bergman went 3.2 innings, surrendering seven runs, striking out one and walking one in a 13-7 defeat to the Pirates in his most recent start. Nolan Arenado (.285, 93 Rs, 41 HRs, 126 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Rockies, going 2 for 3 Sunday with two runs, one home run, and five RBIs.
The odds for Arizona and Colorado are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available. Within its division, Arizona has a record of 36-37 SU. The Diamondbacks have no trouble scoring as they rank third in the NL in offense with 4.4 runs per game. The Diamondbacks are one of the best in the NL in terms of hits with an impressive 9.2 per game. Arizona is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 129 bases. Arizona's pitching staff has been doing better against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, only allowing an average of 2.7 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.3.
The Rockies are 30-40 against teams in their division. Offensively, they average 4.5 runs per game, which is tops in the NL. The Rockies are tough outs for opponents, ranking third in the NL with 9.2 hits per game.
The Diamondbacks lead the season series, 10-6. The Diamondbacks have a 56-59 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Bergman takes the mound. Ray (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rockies, who have a 56-62 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Ari
The Diamondbacks hold a 36-37 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Rockies' record in these matchups is 30-40.
The Diamondbacks managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rockies who are coming in with a 13-8 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 11-67. The Diamondbacks have a 14-52 record when opponents outhit them.
Arizona ranks in the bottom half of the league at 17th when it comes to home runs, hitting 149 this season. Colorado ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 181.
Arizona and Colorado both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Arizona sits at second with 9.21 hits per game and Colorado ranks third with 9.17.
Ranking 11th, Arizona is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.738). Colorado ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .752.
The Rockies are 34-70 when they allow at least one home run. The Diamondbacks perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 36-68 record.