Chad Bettis (6-4, 4.69 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (52-76) go up against Robbie Ray (3-10, 3.86 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (63-67) in the first of a four-game division series at Coors Field. The game gets underway at 8:40 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 31 and will air on RTRM and FSAZ.
In his most recent outing, Bettis pitched 5.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out four and walking two in a 5-1 victory over the Braves. Carlos Gonzalez (.271, 70 Rs, 31 HRs, 72 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run. The Diamondbacks were unsuccessful the last time Ray pitched. He did not do well, pitching 3.0 innings, giving up six runs, striking out three and walking five in a 9-1 loss to the Cardinals. David Peralta (.304, 50 Rs, 14 HRs, 70 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 3 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs.
Colorado is a slight -110 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 10 runs. When playing as the favorite, the Rockies have a 14-19 record and overall money line at -1,576. They have a winless record (0-1) in games played as the favorite during their last 10 games. The Rockies have the most prolific home offense in the entire NL, averaging 5.4 runs per game. The Rockies are an exceptional hitting team with 9.1 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the NL. Whenever an NL West opponent shows up on the calendar, the Rockies seem to struggle with pitching. They allow an average of 5.3 runs per game, but allow 5.9 against teams from their own division.
On the other side, the Diamondbacks have a record of 37-41 when they are the underdog and are +31 overall with the money line. Against divisional opponents, they are 24-26 SU and 15-17 as the underdog. They sport the top-ranked offense in the NL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. The top hitting team in the NL are the Diamondbacks, who average 9.3 hits per game. Arizona is a terror on the base paths, ranking second in the MLB with 110 stolen bases.
The Diamondbacks have mostly come out on top against the Rockies in their previous 12 games this season, earning an 8-4 record. This game will feature Ray (RHP) on the mound against the Rockies, who have a 47-55 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Bettis will take the mound against the Diamondbacks, who have a 49-47 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Ari, O/U - Over
The Rockies currently sit below .500 against the NL West Division at 18-31, and the Diamondbacks have a 24-26 record.
When leading after 7 innings, Arizona is 24-22, while Colorado is 25-32.
The Diamondbacks are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Rockies have a record of 20-29 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Diamondbacks are 45-17. The Rockies have a 40-14 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking sixth in runs, Colorado has earned 573 this season. Arizona ranks fourth with 584 runs.
Ranking 26th, Colorado is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 308 this season. Arizona ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 393.
When the Rockies hit at least one home run, they are 44-43. When the Diamondbacks hit at least one homer, they have a 45-25 record.