Chase Anderson (4-2, 3.66 ERA) and the Arizona Diamondbacks (38-41) go up against Kyle Kendrick (3-10, 6.07 ERA) and the Colorado Rockies (34-45) in the second of a four-game division series at Chase Field. The Diamondbacks won the last game 8-1 and Arizona leads the series 1-0. The game starts at 9:40 p.m. ET on Friday, Jul. 3 and will air on ROOT-RM and FSN-AZ.
Anderson is 3-3 with a 6.00 ERA against the Rockies in his career, and faces a solid Colorado offense that's hitting .266 on the year. Paul Goldschmidt (.352, 56 Rs, 20 HRs, 65 RBIs, 15 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. In his career against the Diamondbacks, Kendrick is 2-3 with a 6.31 ERA. He meets a strong Arizona offense that's batting .262. Nolan Arenado (.287, 49 Rs, 24 HRs, 68 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Arizona is a -160 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is nine runs. The Diamondbacks are 12-13 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -51. They have struggled as the favorite over their last 10 games, going 0-2. The Diamondbacks come into the game with the top-ranked scoring offense in the NL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. The Diamondbacks are a stellar hitting team with 9.1 hits per game, one of the highest marks in the NL. The Diamondbacks are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with 72 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball.
Switching gears, the Rockies come into this game with a win percentage of .474 when playing as the underdog (27-30) and an overall money line of -629. Against fellow NL West members, they are 16-24 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 14-17 record. They sport the second-ranked offense in the NL, averaging 4.5 runs per game. Colorado is one of the top hitting teams in the NL with an average of 9.2 hits per contest. Colorado's pitching staff tends to perform poorly when they play division rivals. They've allowed an average of 6.0 runs per game against teams from the NL West, higher than their season average of 5.1.
The Diamondbacks have gotten the best of the Rockies in head-to-head matchups this season, going 6-3. This game will feature Kendrick (RHP) on the mound against the Diamondbacks, who have a 29-30 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Rockies will be the right-hander Anderson. They sport a 31-33 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - ARI, O/U - Over
The Diamondbacks are 22-22 against other teams in their division, while the Rockies are 16-25 against their rivals.
When leading after 7 innings, Arizona is 14-10, while Colorado is 16-19.
The Diamondbacks are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Rockies have a 3-7 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 5-33. The Diamondbacks have a 9-27 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 13th in home runs, Arizona has hit 74 this season. Colorado ranks seventh with 88 home runs.
Arizona and Colorado both rank in the top five of the league in hits. Arizona sits at third with 9.13 hits per game and Colorado ranks second with 9.15.
Ranking 11th, Arizona is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.723). Colorado ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .744.
When the Rockies allow at least one home run, they are 15-34, well-matched with the Diamondbacks who are 18-34 when allowing at least one homer.