Jorge De La Rosa (8-7, 5.09 ERA) and Robbie Ray (7-12, 4.28 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies (64-69) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (56-77) at Coors Field. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 2 and can be seen on FSAZ and RTRM.
De La Rosa pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 9-4 win over the Nationals. Nolan Arenado (.294, 98 Rs, 36 HRs, 115 RBIs, 2 SBs) had another good game Wednesday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. Ray went 5.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out seven and walking four in a 3-1 defeat to the Braves in his last outing. Jake Lamb (.259, 66 Rs, 26 HRs, 81 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 1 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The Rockies hold a 26-27 record this season against teams in the NL West Division. The Diamondbacks' record in these matchups is 22-32.
The Rockies managed to give up eight walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Diamondbacks who are coming in with a 0-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Diamondbacks are 10-55. The Rockies have a 13-46 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 19th in home runs, Arizona has hit 148 this season. Colorado ranks 10th with 170 home runs.
Ranking 21st, Arizona is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 376 this season. Colorado ranks in the top half at 11th with 426.
The Rockies are 51-38 when they hit at least one home run. The Diamondbacks perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 46-41 record.